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Hairdresser gets 3 years for causing fatal crash

November 28, 2018

BRIDGEPORT - A local hairdresser was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison for causing the crash that killed a father of two children in June 2016.

Dionna Silas, 24, of Bridgeport, pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter with a motor vehicle in the June 13 crash that killed 43-year-old Luis Batista of Bridgeport.

She was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Frank Iannotti to 10 years, suspended after she serves three years in prison and followed by five years’ probation.

Silas’ lawyer, Robert Berke, previously pointed out that his client, who has a 2-year-old child, did not flee the scene following the crash. He said she is a student at Housatonic Community College and works as a hairdresser locally.

Berke also argued while there are allegations that his client was driving drunk at the time her blood/alcohol level was .09. The legal limit is .08 and Berke said the testing method used on his client could have produced a false reading.

Police said Batista was riding his motorcycle on Park Avenue when a car driven by Silas pulled out of Benham Avenue and hit him.

Batista died of his injuries the following day at St. Vincent’s Medical Center.

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