DUI suspect faces manslaughter charge

NORWICH, Conn. (WTNH) – Juan Davila, 54, stood before a judge Thursday, accused of driving drunk and killing a 28-year-old Navy man who was stationed at the sub base in Groton at the time of his death in April 2013.

Lakendrick Horn was waiting for a taxi outside Brookside Café in Preston about 2 a.m. when Davila allegedly came barreling down the road and struck him, said Brookside manager Alfie Johnson. The force of the impact tossed Horn across a parking lot and down a nearby embankment, he said.

Davila, of Griswold, is charged with drunken driving and second-degree manslaughter. Though the accident happened April 20, 2013, charges against Davila weren’t brought until March 28, 2014.

Horn’s wife Megan Horn and their two children were in court Thursday, as were his mother and sister Lakeita Horn, who both came up from Alabama.

“I can move forward once justice is served,” Lakeita said. “That’s the way I look at it at this point.”

Police say Davila had been drinking at the Mohegan Sun casino – about 15 minutes east of Preston – before he crossed the yellow line and fatally struck Horn. The Horn family is suing the casino and the bars where Davila drank that night.

Davila remains free on his original $200,000 bond. He is due back in court May 15.

Tina Detelj reporting

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