HARTFORD — Police arrested a 24-year-old local man for Tuesday’s fatal car accident that took the life of a four-year-old girl.
Lilliany Rodriguez, 4, was a passenger of the Toyota Corolla on Tuesday as the car she was in collided with two others vehicles. Shortly afterward, she was taken to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center because she had life-threatening injuries. She was in critical condition until she succumbed to her injuries at about 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, police said.
Jason Mattis, 24, of Hartford, who was driving a Subaru, was arrested at the scene of the crash for interfering with a police officer, assault on a police officer and second degree threatening for his actions after the crash. Mattis was transported to Saint Francis Hospital for evaluation, police said.
Police gave this report: On Tuesday at 6:11 p.m, Hartford Police, Fire and EMS were called to the area of Main Street and Belden Street for a motor vehicle crash. Upon arrival it was found that a 1997 Subaru Outback station wagon was traveling south on Main Street at a high rate of speed when it struck the rear of a 1999 Toyota Corolla that was stopped at a red light at the intersection of Belden Street.
The Toyota Corolla was pushed forward into a 1998 Acura TL that was also stopped for the red light ahead of the Toyota Corolla. The Subaru continued south on Main Street and struck a parked vehicle before coming to rest after striking a light pole.
The two passengers of the Acura TL, Damaris Garrega, 29, of Hartford and a 4-year old boy who was a rear passenger, were also transported to Hartford Hospital by EMS. The Acura TL was operated by Edwin Cruz, 37, of Hartford.
The Hartford Police Crime Scene Division assumed responsibility for investigating the crash. The preliminary investigation has revealed that Mattis is at fault for the crash and speed, reckless operation and alcohol are all causative factors. He was driving about 100 miles per hour, police said.
Additional charges will be filed by arrest warrant in the coming days against Mattis relating to the motor vehicle crash, police said..