Stamford police: Wilton man ran red light, caused crash with serious injuries

STAMFORD — A 22-year-old Wilton man is facing a felony charge after he was the driver in a serious car crash in October left one of his passengers fighting for his life, according to police.

Brian O’Connell, 22, was charged with second-degree assault Tuesday in connection with an Oct. 16 crash at the intersection of North State and Canal streets in downtown Stamford at about 11 p.m., police said.

Brian O’Connell

Brian O’Connell

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O’Connell was the driver of a 2012 Ford Escape that went through a red light and collided with a 2017 Jaguar that was driven eastbound on North State Street by Diana Feliz, a 23-year-old Norwalk resident, Sgt. Jeffrey Booth said.

Both O’Connell and his passenger, another 22-year-old man from Wilton, were seriously injured in the crash, Booth said. The passenger, who suffered life-threatening injuries, is still recovering from the crash, according to Booth.

Booth said the state’s attorney reviewed the case compiled by the Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Squad and determined that O’Connell’s decision to run the red light at the intersection was “reckless in nature.”

Feliz and her passenger, 26-year-old Brandon Turner of Stamford, were also treated for non-life-threatening injuries after the collision, Booth said.

Both vehicles sustained heavy damage in the crash, police said.

O’Connell turned himself in to Stamford Police on Tuesday. He was released after posting $25,000 court-set bond. He is due in court for arraignment on April 6.