Man charged with killing teen girl found shot in crashed car in Waterbury

WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH)– Police have charged a man with murder in the death of a 16-year-old girl that was found shot inside of a car following a serious crash in Waterbury, Monday night.

Police say 16-year-old Evalyce Santiago was found dead with a bullet wound inside of a car that crashed into a utility pole on Thomaston Avenue near Driggs Street around around 10:00 p.m. Santiago was declared dead at the scene.

Waterbury police say 27-year-old Dominique Pittman had been in the car when it crashed. Officers believe Pittman shot Santiago three times in the head and hands before the crash occurred. Pittman and Santiago had been in a relationship.

Police are looking into this relationship because of the ages involved to see if Pittman will face additional charges to the murder and weapons charges he already faces.

“They were involved in some sort of dating relationship — inappropriate relationship so this one really pulls at the heartstrings and boggles the mind quite frankly,” said Waterbury Deputy Police Chief Fernando Spagnolo.

A Waterbury school spokesman says Santiago was a student at Wilby High School, and had recently transferred there from Crosby High School. Grief counselors  were on hand for students at both schools.

Witnesses say they did everything they could to try and help Santiago. They’re grappling with the loss.

“I couldn’t go to sleep. I’ve been crying and I go to school for nursing and we were trying everything,” said Kisha Vargas.

Vargas called 911. Then, grabbed a fire extinguisher to try and put out the flames. The extinguishers still litter the sidewalk on Thomaston Avenue.

Vargas said, “We were trying to do everything in our power to help.”

“It’s sad. It’s very sad. I feel bad for the family that they have to wake up to this and hear this news. It’s just horrible,” said Ramon Colon whose grandmother lives in the neighborhood.

“My condolences goes out to the family. I pray for your loss and for everybody that’s impacted,” said Vargas.

Pittman is being held on $1 million bond. It wasn’t immediately clear Tuesday if he has an attorney.