Man convicted in horrendous crash death
BRIDGEPORT - When police got to the scene, they said they thought a plane had crashed on Main Street.
There were pieces of car mixed with human body parts in a tree and scattered all over the area.
On Wednesday, after just an hour of deliberations, a Superior Court jury found 64-year-old David Henshaw guilty of second-degree manslaughter, misconduct with a motor vehicle and reckless driving for the Father’s Day 2016 death of Felipe Soto.
Henshaw, of Edgemoor Road, faces up to 15 years in prison when he is sentenced Jan. 30.
“The jury arrived at the appropriate verdict after carefully listening to the defendant’s testimony,” Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Craig Nowak said later.
Soto, 31, the father of three young children, had just pulled into Main Street from Fairview Avenue in his 1999 Honda Civic when he was broadsided by Henshaw, who according to testimony, was traveling at 117 miles per hour southbound on Main Street in a 2006 Chrysler 300.
Little was left intact of Soto to be identified at the scene. Trumbull and Monroe police assisted Bridgeport police in the investigation.
Henshaw was pulled from his car which ended up on its roof by passersby.
Henshaw, a retired electrician, couldn’t explain why he was going 117 in a 25 mile per hour zone. He hadn’t been drinking, no mechanical problems with his car. On the witness stand he recalled he had sneezed at one point but couldn’t recall anything else about the crash.
Just before announcing its verdict, the jury asked to rehear a recording of his testimony.
In January 2017, Soto’s children were left parentless when his girlfriend and mother of his children was fatally shot while sitting in a car parked outside and East Main Street restaurant. A teenager was later convicted in her shooting.