Man suffers severed leg in Meriden car crash


MERIDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Police said a man suffered a serious injury that severed his leg in a crash that happened on Broad Street Friday night.

Police said they responded to reports of a three vehicle crash involving a pedestrian just before 11 p.m.

When officers arrived on scene, they said they found a man, later identified as Benjamin Ariza, 35, suffering from injuries and a severed leg.

Police said two vehicles, a Chevy Trailblazer SUV and a Kia Sedona van were stopped on Broad Street, both waiting to make a left hand turn into a driveway.

According to police, for an unknown reason, a passenger in the SUV, identified as Benjamin Ariza, got out and stood between the two cars, waiting to cross the street by foot.

While waiting for on-coming traffic to pass the Sedona was struck from behind forcing it forward into the SUV and pinning Ariza in-between the two cars.

Responding officers administered aid to Ariza, including applying a tourniquet to one of his legs. Ariza was then rushed to Hartford Hospital where he is currently in stable condition.

The driver of the vehicle that hit the Sedona was identified as 32-year-old Danny Perez.  Police administered Perez a Field Sobriety Test which he failed and he was taken into custody.

Police said back at the station Perez was given a breathalyzer test which also showed elevated levels of alcohol in his system over the legal limit of .08.

Perez was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, second-degree assault with a motor vehicle and reckless driving.  He is currently being held on a $20,000 bond.

The accident is still under investigation by the Meriden Police Accident Reconstruction Unit. Any witnesses to the accident are asked to contact Officer Donna Zurstadt at (203) 630-6215 or Lt. Thomas Cossette at (203) 630-6256.

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