NYC resident arrested for head-on crash that killed elderly Heritage Drive couple
A New York City man was arrested on two counts of misconduct with a motor vehicle at the Trumbull Police Department around 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4.
Police said Henry Russell, 27, is responsible for the two-car head-on collision on White Plains Road that took place shortly after noon on Dec. 22, 2015, and that ended up claiming the lives of Trumbull residents Allen and Virginia Finkenaur.
According to a report, Russell pulled out of a gas station on White Plains Road near Cedarcrest Road and was driving on the left side of the road when he struck a northbound vehicle.
Police said Russell, who had recently moved to the United States from the United Kingdom, rarely drives and that he made a mistake driving the wrong way after pulling out of the gas station.
Nonetheless, his error ended up killing the Finkenaurs, an elderly couple who had lived on Heritage Drive for more than four decades.
Allen, 91, succumbed to injuries three days after the crash — on Christmas Day — at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport and his wife, Virginia, 91, died 14 days later.
The Trumbull couple celebrated their 71st anniversary Oct. 17, 2015.
“We have four wonderful daughters who do so much for us and each are in very interesting professions,” Allen wrote to The Times in October.
“We have a beagle ‘Penneywinkle’ who is about 97 years old if you count each years she has lived times seven,” he added. “Penneywinkle is deaf and now works by hand signals.”
Russell, who was released on a $25,000 bond, could face up to 10 years in prison, according to a report.
He is scheduled to appear in court Monday, Feb. 22.