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Bridgeport man charged in Stamford woman’s death

State police have determined a Stamford woman was not behind the wheel when she was killed in a 2016 Merritt Parkway accident.

Donell Alston, 41, of Bridgeport, who police say originally claimed to be a passenger in the car, has been charged with second-degree manslaughter with a motor vehicle, providing a false statement to police, interfering with police, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence and driving on a suspended license.

Alston was arraigned in state Superior Court in Norwalk last week. He was assigned a public defender and bail was set at $250,000.

According to the application for Alston’s arrest warrant, State Police investigators said DNA evidence collected from the vehicle showed Alston was driving the 2004 Lexus GS300 northbound on the parkway on Dec. 21, 2016 in Westport.

State police said the vehicle careened off the right shoulder, hit a culvert and overturned, killing 51-year-old Lisa C. Brown.

Police said a toxicology test revealed Alston was under the influence of PCP — a highly potent anesthetic known to cause hallucinations, delirium and mania — at the time of the wreck. His driver’s license had also been suspended for more than four years, police said.In his original statement, police said Alston told […]

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