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Norwalk woman charged in crash that killed 2 teens appears in court

A Norwalk woman who was arrested for a car crash on I-95 that left two of her friends dead appeared in court Friday.

News 12 Staff

Sep 25, 2020, 10:45 PM

Updated 1,363 days ago

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A Norwalk woman who was arrested for a car crash on I-95 that left two of her friends dead appeared in court Friday.
Indira "Samantha" Rivera, 20, faces several charges including misconduct with a motor vehicle, reckless endangerment and failure to drive in the proper lane.
She also faces charges of possession of marijuana less than half an ounce and driving without minimum insurance.
Rivera was arrested Thursday night.
The incident dates back to September of last year. Police say Rivera had four friends in her car at the time and was heading northbound on I-95. It was around 6:20 a.m. when she hit a tree between the interstate and the Exit 10 off-ramp in Darien, according to authorities. Her arrest warrant says she slowed down to about 27 miles per hour at the time of impact.
Two teens in the car, Victor Deleon and Chase Townsend-Ortiz, later died. Both were 19 years old and from Norwalk.
Rivera's attorney, Mark Sherman, stressed in court that she has no criminal record and has never even gotten a speeding ticket. He says she's remorseful about what happened and feels for the victims' families.
"She wasn’t drunk, she wasn’t high," Sherman said. "This was an accident. And not every accident is a crime. And that’s one challenge that we’re going to be presenting in this case."
Sherman also said Rivera understands the seriousness of the case. Sherman pushed for the judge to lower his client's bond, which was initially set at $250,000.
The judge agreed to do so, and Rivera is now being held on $75,000 bond. If she posts that, she is not allowed to drive.


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