'Like he was driving a race car' - Weston man accused in crash that killed tow truck driver appears in court
A Weston man accused in an accident that killed a tow truck driver on the job made his first court appearance Tuesday.
Dean Robert, 47, is charged with manslaughter, DUI and reckless driving.
He was arraigned for a crash on the Merritt Parkway in Trumbull last April. Police say tow truck driver Corey Iodice, 58, was loading a car onto his flatbed when Robert lost control and slammed into him.
In Robert's arrest warrant, one witness said he was, "locked in like he was driving a race car," adding ,"it seemed as if he was using cars on the road as a challenge to weave in and out."
State police say he was going between 76 and 90 mph at the time of impact. The speed limit is 55.
"He's lived a stellar life - worked, he's a family man, just one tragic, tragic incident and obviously life-changing for many people," says Robert's lawyer, Lindy Urso.
Iodice was a third-generation tower, who News 12 is told always put safety first. He worked for his family's company, Iodice Family Transport, which is well-known in the industry and community.
"I think these are probably the worst cases we deal with, because any way you cut the pie, there's an element of accident in these things but somebody's deceased," Urso says.
Court documents also show Robert had a blood alcohol content over the legal limit of .08. He told police he'd had one vodka and soda 2 1/2 hours earlier.
Robert will now have an interlock ignition device installed in his car, as per the judge. It's a Breathalyzer that requires the driver to blow into it before starting the car.
Iodice's family did not want to comment after court. The next court appearance is set for March 17.