Police responding to a car accident in Connecticut discovered a teenager with dead gunshot wounds in the passenger seat.
Investigators determined that Evalyce Santiago, 16, was killed before the Monday night accident in Waterbury. They arrested a suspect in connection with his death, the WFSB news station reported.
Police arrived and found the student at Wilby High School shot twice in the head and once in the hand, according to the Hartford Courant. It is not clear, however, if she was alive when the car crashed into a telephone pole.
Driver Dominic Pittman, who was still in the vehicle, was taken to hospital and later in custody on suspicion of murder.
Waterbury Deputy Police Chief Spagnolo said Pittman was "visibly shocked and suffered some bruises and bruises," according to WFSB.
Pittman, 27, and the teenager were reportedly in a relationship, but no reason for the shooting has been published. 1
The adoptive mother of Santiago Wanda Plaza said on Tuesday that she was "destroyed" by the news of her death.
"I want to tell everyone that Evalyce was my Angel," Plaza told WFSB. "I'm so proud of her, it does not matter if she's here with me now, I'm destroyed right now because she had so many things that she wanted to do in life."
Pittman, of Waterbury, is scheduled to be arraigned on Wednesday for murder and several counts of guns. He is detained on $ 1 million bail.