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U.K. Driver Sentenced For Trumbull Crash That Killed Elderly Couple

A U.K. driver was sentenced for a wrong-way crash that killed an elderly couple in Trumbull in 2015, according to the Connecticut Post.
A U.K. driver was sentenced for a wrong-way crash that killed an elderly couple in Trumbull in 2015, according to the Connecticut Post. Photo Credit: File

TRUMBULL, Conn. -- A man from the United Kingdom avoided jail time when he was sentenced for driving on the wrong side of the road in a 2015 crash that killed an elderly couple in Trumbull, according to the Connecticut post.

Henry Russell, 28, was sentenced to an 11-month suspended sentence with two years of conditional discharge on Friday after pleading guilty to two counts of negligent homicide with a motor vehicle, the Connecticut Post reported.

Russell had been arrested and charged in connection with the crash that took place on Dec. 22, 2015 on White Plains Road in Trumbull. He had been driving on the wrong side of the road when he crashed head-on into another car, according to the Connecticut Post.

The occupants of the other car, 91-year-old Allen Finkenaur and 91-year-old Virginia Finkenaur, both of Trumbull, were taken to the hospital, where Allen died on Christmas day and Virginia died two weeks later, according to the Connecticut Post. The couple had just celebrated their 71st anniversary, the Connecticut Post reported.

At his sentencing on Friday, Russell expressed how remorseful he was about the accident and how sorry he was to the Finkenaur family, according to the Connecticut Post. The judge in the case said it was clear that, while the accident was horrible tragic, it was clear that it was an accident and that Russell had not been driving under the influence, according to the Connecticut Post.

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