Milford police: Drunk driver arrested after fatal accident

Milford police are investigating a fatal crash that happened Sunday morning on Bridgeport Avenue.
Milford police are investigating a fatal crash that happened Sunday morning on Bridgeport Avenue.

A drunk driver from New Haven struck and killed Trumbull resident Vincent Pezzella Sunday morning, the Milford Police Department announced in a press release Monday afternoon.

The report said that Pezzella, 24, of Church Hill Road, was walking eastbound on Bridgeport Avenue near Berwyn Street and was attempting to cross the street when he was hit by a car around 2 a.m.

According to police, Hector Frias-Angomas, 46, was taken into custody and charged with operating under the influence of alcohol.

He was released on a $500 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday, March 31.

Milford police officer Joe Dempsey said that the investigation is still open and that anyone with information is being asked to call the police's traffic division at 203-878-5244.
"The Milford Police Department is currently investigating a motor vehicle accident involving a pedestrian fatality," Dempsey said. "This incident is still under investigation."
Milford Fire Department paramedics and EMTs provided advanced level care in an effort to save Pezzella, who was reportedly crossing the street with friends.

“The patient was rapidly transported to Bridgeport Hospital under the care of Milford Fire Paramedics and unfortunately succumbed to his injuries,” said Fire Battalion Chief Anthony Fabrizi.

The second pedestrian was not reported to be injured.

According to a source close to the family, the victim was getting food at the Bridgeport Flyer Diner before he was struck.

The 2009 graduate of Trumbull High School was an assistant project manager at TRU Events and Marketing Solutions in Branford, according to his LinkedIn profile.

He attended the Hofstra University and graduated in 2013.

According to his work profile at TRU Events, Pezzella graduated with a marketing degree and a minor in music.

“While at Hofstra, Vinny realized his passion for events while working in the AV department and being a part of the Concerts club that was responsible for putting on weekly and bi-annual shows, along with an outdoor festival every spring,” the profile states. “Upon graduation from Hofstra, Vinny was a member of the team that put on the CBGB Festival in NYC, specifically shutting down nine blocks on Broadway in Times Square and putting two festival stages on either end with multiple attractions within the 9 blocks.

“About a million and a half people attended the event that Saturday.”