New Haven police Officer Robert Ferraro, 34, a six-year member of the force, was at the wheel of a 2020 Rolls Royce with three other police officers and two women as passengers when the crash occurred around 4 a.m. Friday, FOX 5 of Las Vegas reported.
The car lost control, hitting an occupied vehicle in a driveway. The vehicle continued on the road, striking utility poles and landscaping. FOX 5 reported .
The Rolls Royce eventually flipped over, settling upright after a front-seat passenger was ejected. That passenger, identified as New Haven police Officer Joshua Castellano, 35, a seven-year veteran of the department, was later pronounced dead at a hospital, according to the station.
New Haven police Chief Renee Dominguez paid tribute to the late officer at a Saturday news conference, FOX 61 of Hartford reported.
“In academy you knew Josh had the thing. It’s the kind of thing that can’t be taught.” Dominguez stated. He knew everyone to the extent that we got a text from Westville Manor’s resident, a lady describing her pain and calling him the Westville Manor nickname. The men and women of this police station, as well as the entire community were touched by him. “
Ferraro is facing a driving under the influence charge resulting death and reckless driving resulting death or significant bodily injury, according to the report. The next hearing was scheduled for Tuesday.
He was granted bail on the condition that he avoids alcohol, stay clean and use a monitor device. Dominguez, a New Haven Police Department officer, told reporters that the driver had been placed on paid leave.
The two other New Haven police officers in the car were identified as Matthew Borges and John Truhart, and the women, who were not identified, were from San Antonio, Texas, the Register reported.
Truhart and Borges will not be taken off, according to the New Haven Police Chief.
An investigation into the crash by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department was continuing, FOX 61 of Hartford reported.