- Associated Press - Thursday, October 20, 2016

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) - A Southington man has pleaded no contest to charges related to a fatal car crash that left two children dead.

Michael Luponio entered the plea Tuesday in New Britain to charges that include second-degree manslaughter in the Dec. 13, 2015 crash in Bristol. Court documents say Luponio will be sentenced to 30 years in prison, suspended after 15 years, on Dec. 15.

Police say Luponio’s vehicle crossed over the center line and struck a vehicle being driven by 31-year-old Kayla Torres. Torres’s two children, 7-year-old Veronica Martinez and 4-year-old Yvette Martinez, were killed. Torres and a passenger, along with Luponio and his passenger, were seriously hurt.

Police say Luponio was intoxicated at the time of the crash.

The Record-Journal reports that Luponio’s public defender couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

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