Manslaughter Charge Added In Foster Father's Meriden Crash

Matt Dwyer
October 15, 2019 - 12:33 pm

Meriden Superior Court. Photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer.

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(WTIC-AM) -- In court today, a manslaughter charge was added against a Meriden man accused of causing the death of his foster son. 

Police said James Bailey was under the influence of alcohol and driving too fast, when his SUV slammed into a utility pole on North Wall Street in Meriden late in the morning on September 30. 

Seventeen-year-old passenger Alex Medina was critically injured. 

Medina died several days later at the hospital, leading to the upgraded charge.  

Bailey had previously been charged with assault.

At Meriden Superior Court, Patty Gwara said she is a friend of the 17-year-old's mother.

"Justice has to be served," Gwara said. "We came to show some support for Alex."

Medina was a student at Maloney High School.