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Firefighter Charged With Manslaughter, DUI in Fatal Crash

Stephen Tyrseck, police said, was also speeding when his truck slammed into a Honda Civic in July, killing one of the passengers in the car.

A Durham man who serves as a firefighter in Middletown's South Fire District was charged Thursday with second-degree manslaughter in connection with a Middletown car crash in July that killed one person and injured three.

Stephen Tyrseck, 36, of 9R Mountain Road, was arrested by Middletown police on a warrant after he turned himself in on Thursday afternoon.

He was charged with second-degree manslaughter with a motor vehicle, misconduct with a motor vehicle, negligent homicide with a motor vehicle, reckless driving, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and speeding.

He was initially held on a $100,000 but posted bond later in the day. He is scheduled to be arraigned Dec. 28 at Superior Court in Middletown.

Tyrseck at the time of the crash was a firefighter in Middletown's South District Fire Department, according to the published reports. He was the sole occupant of the pickup truck, police said. Police said there were four people in the automobile.

One of the passengers was Alexander Martinez of Meriden. He was killed when Tyrseck’s 2008 Ford F350 pickup collided with a car on South Main Street near the intersection of Highland Avenue in Middletown.

Martinez was pronounced dead at the scene after being ejected from the 2002 Honda Civic about 2:30 a.m., according to police.

The Civic, operated by Jedidiah Roesler, 22, of Meriden, was traveling north on South Main, turned turn left onto Highland Avenue, when the front of the Ford hit the right side of the Honda.

The other three occupants of the Honda and driver of the Ford were taken to Hartford Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

lynn fraulino December 17, 2011 at 01:55 PM
That is So sad!
Friend December 17, 2011 at 03:47 PM
What's missing from this report is that the other driver was charged with the same things as no fault has been determined.
Javier Marques December 19, 2011 at 03:04 PM
Who cares who had the most to drink. Jail them both. A life was lost here. The firefighter is trained and responds to car accidents and knows very well the devastating effects of driving drunk accidents. More so than a regular Joe . No matter where these idiots are this Xmas , they both have a pulse which is more than the person they killed has. Say a prayer for the family of that boy
ANONfriend December 19, 2011 at 08:54 PM
Exactly,, what is left out of this "news report" is that the under age driver of the Honda was also charged with the same exact charges. I am so saddened by this for all parties involved but before the truth comes out let's remain from casting judgement.
Javier Marques December 19, 2011 at 09:33 PM
It really doesn't matter if fifteen cars were involved and all the drivers were drunk . if you are drunk and are involved in an accident, you should be punished to the maximum. I also suspect a huge civil case is looming for both drivers and possibly even the fire dept if they knew he had a drinking problem and failed to act. This is why it is big news, he is a firefighter and he of all people should know that he is held to a different standard whether on or off duty. His job is to save lives not take them while driving sh#t faced.

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