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Two Arrests Made in Fatal DUI Crash

Two arrests have been made nearly four months after a young mother was killed in a DUI accident in Ellington.

Details about the DUI Arrests

FOX 61 News is reporting that police have arrested the person they say is responsible for a crash that killed a young mother more than four months ago. Authorities also arrested another person who has been accused of trying to help the suspect during the police investigation.

The original accident happened on October 20, 2015; the victim, 25-year-old Kayla Coffin-Houston, was a passenger in a 2011 Mazda 3 that was being driven by 24-year-old Nathan Coles, of Ellington.

The car was involved in an accident on Route 83, in which the driver lost control of the vehicle and drove off onto an unpaved section of the road, before colliding with an embankment. Upon the impact of the vehicle with the embankment, Coffin-Houston was ejected from the vehicle. The car rolled on top of her, killing her.

According to state police, the victim was not wearing her seat belt at the time of the accident. The driver was walking around the vehicle, but was then transported to the hospital via helicopter.

On March 3 of this year, police announced that the crash was caused by Coles and that he was driving under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident.

Coles was charged with second-degree manslaughter with a motor-vehicle while under the influence, driving under the influence, failure to maintain an established lane, giving a false statement, and tampering with a witness. The last charge was given because police say he asked several people to lie to the police about what he was doing the night of the accident.

25-year-old Samantha Gruelle, who was not at the scene of the accident or involved in the crash, was also arrested for giving a false statement to police about Coles’ whereabouts that night.

Important Information about DUI Accidents in Connecticut

Mothers against Drunk Driving reports that there were over 100 wrongful deaths last year in Connecticut that could have been prevented:

  • There were 114 traffic fatalities involving alcohol in 2014.
  • Alcohol related fatalities accounted for about 41 percent of all traffic deaths in the state in 2014.
  • An ignition interlock law that was passed in 2014 greatly improves how many offenders have ignition interlocks installed in their vehicles after being convicted of driving under the influence.

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