Monroe man charged in fatal ATV crash

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MONROE, Conn. (WTNH) — A Monroe homeowner is facing charges after police say he knowingly allowed an intoxicated friend to drive his ATV around with two children on board.

On February 19th, Randall Pippa, 36, of Monroe, turned himself into police when he learned of a warrant out for his arrest. Pippa is facing two counts of risk of injury to a minor, and three counts of first degree reckless endangerment.

On December 27th, 2014, Pippa was hosting his friend John Compton and their two children, ages 2 and 6, at his home on Turkey Roost Road. Police said Compton was in an intoxicated state when he asked his friend if he could ride his ATV with the kids on board with him.

Pippa told police he granted permission for Compton to ride the ATV with the kids, even though he knew Compton had had multiple drinks. Police said that when Compton started driving the ATV with the 2-year-old and 6-year-old with him, none of the riders were wearing a helmet.

Compton lost control of the ATV on Turkey Roost Road, struck a curb, and rolled the vehicle. Compton, who police said had an elevated blood alcohol level, died from the injuries he sustained in the crash.

Both children were taken to area hospitals for treatment. Both were treated and released. One of the children was Pippa’s daughter, but police did not specify whether Pippa’s daughter was the 2-year-old or the 6-year-old.

Pippa was released on a written promise to appear in court. He is due in court on March 4th.

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