Suspect in fatal I-95 crash disputes allegations

NORWALK - The suspect in a fatal crash on I-95 earlier this month says she's not the villain she's been made out to be.

In an exclusive interview with News 12 Connecticut, Candice Blanks and her attorney disputed police and media reports indicating Blanks was intoxicated and left the scene of the accident that killed two young men.

Investigators say Filipe Chagas, 19, and Lucas Silva, 22, were on the shoulder of I-95 near Darien trying to change a flat tire in the early hours of Oct. 16. Police allege that Blanks, 39, was driving drunk at extreme speeds when she fatally struck the two men.

Police said Blanks was apprehended further down the road and was charged with vehicular manslaughter and driving while intoxicated, among other charges.

However, Blanks' attorney, Darnell Crosland, says his client's airbags deployed and her vehicle came to a stop a short way down the road. Crosland said that Blanks was in a state of shock and wasn't sure what she had hit, but that when an officer approached she told him about the accident. Crosland claims that police and media reports of a hit-and-run are inaccurate.

Crosland also said that he wasn't aware that police had ever administered a blood alcohol level test on his client.

Blanks is scheduled to appear in court on Monday. State police say additional information about the incident will be released at that time.

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