PD: Driver charged with manslaughter in deadly East Haven crash

Johnassis Melendez (Photo: East Haven Police)
Johnassis Melendez (Photo: East Haven Police)

EAST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — More charges have been issued for the man who admitted to being the driver in the fatal East Haven crash from September.

Two months ago, 27-year-old Gaitana Girgenti was killed after the car she was in slammed into a pole on Frontage Road in East Haven. Johnassis Melendez fled the scene on foot after the crash. Days later, 23-year-old Melendez posted a Facebook live video admitting that he was behind the wheel in the crash that killed Girgenti. He then turned himself in to police.

Before Melendez’s court appearance on Tuesday, East Haven police say a second arrest warrant was served for his involvement in the crash. Melendez is now also facing second-degree manslaughter, misconduct with a motor vehicle, first-degree assault, reckless driving, misuse of a plate and theft of number plate.

Police had also arrested a second person, 28-year-old Sara Montano, on a third-degree hindering prosecution charge.