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Man caught on video destroying Bloomingdale’s cosmetics section: cops

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A man was arrested after going berserk inside a Connecticut Bloomingdale’s and knocking over racks of perfumes and cosmetics in an apparent fit of rage on Monday.

Surveillance footage obtained by ABC7 allegedly shows Jason Gilbertie methodically trashing the cosmetics section of the luxury department store chain at the SoNo Collection mall in Norwalk.

When a security guard tried to intervene, Gilbertie, 42, allegedly threw items at him and punched him. Another security guard tried to pepper spray Gilbertie, but that did little to stop his mall meltdown, cops said.

Witnesses reported that a man was “destroying all of the items in the store” and had punched another person, around 6:45 p.m. Monday, police said, according to The Hour.

Officers were eventually able to restrain Gilbertie after a brief struggle. It’s unclear what prompted the rampage.

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The store said the man caused about $100,000 worth of damage.

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Connecticut high school’s ‘Redmen’ mascot reinstated after GOP gains control of board

Less than a year after a school board in Connecticut removed a high school’s “Redmen” mascot, arguing it was racist, it voted last week to restore the mascot, according to reports.

The reversal in a 5-4 party-line vote followed last November’s election, in which the school board in Killingly changed from a Democrat majority to a Republican majority, The Hartford Courant reported.

MAINE BANS NATIVE AMERICAN MASCOTS IN ALL STATE SCHOOLS

The Republican candidates had promised during the election to restore the mascot, according to the newspaper.

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Killingly High School in Connecticut. (Facebook)

The vote left the high school’s athletic director in disbelief.

“You are pulling the rug right from beneath us,” Kevin Marcoux said at last week’s board meeting. “Everywhere we go, we are the laughingstock of the state.”

Prior to the election, board members voted last July to remove the “Redmen” name and then a few months later approved the new name “Red Hawks.”

After the GOP majority took control, many students, faculty and members of Native American groups asked the board not to go through with the reinstatement of “Redmen,” the Courant reported.

But the Republicans argued that those who preferred the name “Redmen” deserved to have their opinions respected as well.

“If we’re going to talk about respecting our students and protecting our students and doing what’s best for our students, we need to respect the opinion of all of our students, not just the ones we agree with,” said Jason Muscara, a Republican member of the school board.

Prior to the election, Muscara had told the Courant that the campaign to replace the old mascot had been part of a “radical left agenda” of local Democrats.

Another Republican board member, Karen Fremuth, argued that the name “Redmen” was never intended to disrespect Native Americans.

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One Democrat argued that times had changed and that the school board needed to change with them.

“History and facts change as we get more information,” Lydia Rivera-Abrams, said, adding that the school board should pursue policies that promote “respect for everyone.”

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Florida police have suspect after 4 bodies found in home linked to missing family

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Florida police have a suspect in custody following the discovery of four bodies inside a home that reports have linked to a Connecticut family missing for over a week.

Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the home in Celebration – a community developed by the Walt Disney Company in the 1990s – on Monday morning after neighbors called police to check on the family, according to local reports.

MISSING CALIFORNIA BOY, 11, FOUND DEAD; POLICE CALL IT SUSPICIOUS

Officials have released few details regarding the case, including the names of the suspect and the victims. Deputies wouldn’t say how the victims were killed or what charges the suspect could face.

“All parties involved with this investigation are accounted for,” Sheriff Russ Gibson said during a brief news conference. He didn’t answer reporters’ questions about the case.

Neighbors who witnessed the scene described the residents to local reporters.

A couple and their three children lived at the home, neighbor Connie McGarian told FOX35 Orlando, describing them as the “perfect family.”

Neighbor Marcelo Rodriguez told the Orlando Sentinel that he saw the man who lived there with his family in handcuffs outside the home.

Deputies were looking into whether the death investigation was related to a recent report about a missing family, Maj. Jacob Ruiz, a spokesman for the Osceola sheriff told the paper.

UTAH WOMAN REPORTED MISSING WHILE ON FLORIDA WORK TRIP FOUND DEAD, FAMILY SAYS

A Connecticut family of five, missing for more than a week, recently moved to from Colchester to Celebration, friends and family told FOX61. They told the station they believe the family’s disappearance could be linked to the death investigation.

Colchester’s First Selectman’s Office released a statement Monday night.

“The news reports out of Celebration, Florida regarding a Colchester family are shocking and heartbreaking,” the office wrote on Facebook. “While there is much we do not know at this time, I know that the thoughts and prayers of our entire community are with the relatives and friends of the family involved.”

The family has been linked to the house where the investigation is taking place through court documents obtained by the Daily Beast; the property’s landlord had filed an order to evict them.

Celebration is a planned gated community designed and built by the Walt Disney Company just 4 miles from Walt Disney World.

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“We live in Celebration,” Rodriguez told WFTV. “It’s where dreams come true basically, right? And this has happened. So it’s really sad.”

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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Fotis Dulos released on bond in case of missing Connecticut mom Jennifer Dulos

The Connecticut man charged in the murder of his estranged wife and mother of his five children, Jennifer Dulos, is free after posting bond.

Fotis Dulos, 52, left Stamford Superior Court on Thursday afternoon without answering any questions, but his attorney Kevin Smith said Dulos was relieved to be going home and was looking forward to defending his case.

He was arrested for the third time Tuesday in connection to Jennifer Dulos’ disappearance. He was charged with felony murder, murder and kidnapping. His girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, and Kent Mawhinney, a local lawyer who represented Fotis Dulos in a civil case, were charged with conspiracy to commit murder.

FOTIS DULORS, GIRLFRIEND, CIVIL SUIT LAWYER ARRAIGNED IN CASE OF MISSING CONNECTICUT MOM JENNIFER DULOS

Mawhinney had been arrested twice in 2019 as part of an unrelated case: he was accused of raping his wife on Jan. 21 and was arrested later for violating a protective order in connection to the first arrest.

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Fotis Dulos stands during a hearing at Stamford Superior Court, Tuesday, June 11, 2019 in Stamford, Conn. (Erik Trautmann/Hearst Connecticut Media via AP, Pool)

Connecticut judge ordered Dulos to be held on a $6 million bond and have no contact with his five children or their guardian.

Troconis was held on a $2 million bond while Mawhinney’s was set for $1.5 million.

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Jennifer Dulos, 50, vanished after dropping her children off at school in New Canaan, Conn. on May 24. (New Canaan Police Department)

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Troconis’ attorney Andrew Bowman said she also would be released Thursday. Her mother and sister were at the courthouse.

Both Fotis and Michelle were fitted with tracking ankle devices and are both on house arrest.

Jennifer Dulos, 50, vanished after dropping off her children at school in New Canaan, Conn., on May 24, 2019. She remains missing.

Fox News’ Barnini Chakraborty and Maria Paronich contributed to this report.

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Connecticut driver livestreamed himself going 102 mph and crashing, police say

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Connecticut driver livestreamed himself recklessly speeding more than 100 mph and crashing his vehicle on an exit ramp, State Police said.

They posted the daredevil’s video on Facebook, writing, “Sometimes a Trooper’s accident report writes itself.”

“The operator of this vehicle was kind enough to publicly livestream himself traveling over the Gold Star Memorial Bridge while driving at reckless speeds prior to being involved in an accident,” police said Sunday. “Speeding and live streaming is not only dangerous, it is illegal.”

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Police said the driver avoided serious injury because he was smart enough to be wearing a seatbelt.

Local newspapers identified the operator of the crashed vehicle as Kenneth Hofler, 23, of Middletown.

ALABAMA CAR CRASH KILLS 3 HIGH SCHOOL CHEERLEADERS ON CHRISTMAS

According to the reports, Hofler crashed in Groton — about 50 miles southeast of Hartford — Saturday morning as he was driving a Nissan Versa.

A trooper clocked Hofler going 102 mph on the bridge just before the crash, the Hartford Courant reported. It added that the trooper gave chase and by the time he caught up, Hofler had crashed, taking down about 40 feet of guardrail, and rolled the car.

The trooper then took Hofler into custody after he climbed out of the wreckage.

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He was charged with reckless driving, driving with a suspended license, driving an uninsured car, making an improper turn and possession of more than an ounce of marijuana, the Courant reported.

The case is not listed in court records, and it’s unclear if he had an attorney to speak for him.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Fotis Dulos, estranged husband of missing mom Jennifer Dulos, denies owing her family money, claims they owe him

EXCLUSIVE – Long before there were searches with dive teams in reservoirs, K-9 units at a waste facility, and teams of investigators looking through surveillance footage to find any signs of Jennifer Dulos, a missing mother of five in Connecticut, there were several contentious legal battles between her family and her estranged husband, Fotis Dulos.

The couple had separated in the summer of 2017 and had been going through a bitter divorce and custody battle, which produced over 400 filings in their family court case.

In 2018, Jennifer Dulos’ mother, Gloria Farber, filed a lawsuit against Fotis Dulos, claiming he owed more than $2 million to her late husband’s estate after failing to repay loans made to him and his luxury home building business, The Fore Group.

JENNIFER DULOS’ CONNECTICUT HOME HITS THE MARKET FOR NEARLY $3M

At trial, the number shifted slightly and was adjusted to reflect a balance of $1.74 million after Farber’s legal team conceded there was less money owed after reviewing banking paperwork.

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Fotis Dulos showed Fox News numerous documents, graphs, and copies of cashed checks that were presented at his civil trial, which he says show that his company built Jennifer’s family a guest house at a property they owned in Pound Ridge, N.Y., along with other payments made to the Farbers that were never accounted for. (Fox News)

Dulos, who’s been charged with evidence tampering and hindering prosecution in the criminal investigation into his wife’s disappearance in May, is under a gag order in that case but spoke exclusively with Fox News about the civil case, which went to trial earlier this month.

He says that after going through all the financial records with his legal team, they claim the reverse – that Fore Group is actually owed more than $1 million from the family estate.

He showed Fox News numerous documents, graphs, and copies of cashed checks that were presented at his civil trial, which he says show that his company built Jennifer’s family a guest house at a property they owned in Pound Ridge, N.Y., along with other payments made to the Farbers that were never accounted for.

Dulos claims the paperwork proves he is out of the red and into the black with the Farber family in the amount of $1.04 million.

COPS SEARCH HOME OF MISSING CONNECTICUT MOM JENNIFER DULOS’ ESTRANGED HUSBAND

In the beginning, Dulos says he and his late father-in-law, Hilliard Farber, kept records and promissory notes about the monies exchanged, but after the birth of his fifth child with Jennifer, the formality faded away and they established what he called a “trusted business relationship.”

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This undated photo on a missing persons flier provided by the New Canaan Police Department shows Jennifer Dulos, missing since May 2019.  (AP/New Canaan Police Department)

“My relationship with Hilliard was excellent. It started in 2004 and until 2010 it was more of a business relationship,” he told Fox News. “So, the money would go again both ways, but there were formal notes, there was substantial interest, and there was repayment, of the loans.”

He added: “After 2010, the relationship evolved to be a little more casual. It was, again, a two-way relationship so, whenever the money was needed for construction projects, Hilliard would provide it.”

Now that he has gone to trial in the civil case and reviewed his accounting, he said he had no choice but to file a lawsuit last week against the Farber estate to seek reimbursement for what he says his documents show he is owed.

Richard Weinstein, the civil attorney for Gloria Farber, told Fox News in a statement that “Mr. Dulos makes a lot of claims, none of which are true.”

“Mr. Dulos’ credibility is lacking. He manipulated the financial statements and payed with the numbers,” he said. “His own documents and tax returns reveal he owes $1.740 million. We believe we have produced enough evidence to win our case and await the judge’s decision.”

FOX NEWS LEGAL ANALYST: INVESTIGATORS NEED TO FIND JENNIFER DULOS’ BODY TO MAKE THEIR CASE

A ruling by Hartford Superior Court Judge Ceasar Noble could take months.

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In his interview with Fox News, Dulos repeatedly referenced the court-imposed gag order, saying he could not answer questions about his children or Jennifer. (Fox News)

Meanwhile, as the investigation into Jennifer’s disappearance hits the seventh-month mark on Christmas Eve, her five young children prepare to spend their first Christmas without either parent. They remain in the custody of Gloria Farber.

Family spokesperson Carrie Luft gave Fox News an update over the weekend saying, “As we face this first holiday season without Jennifer, our sole focus is on creating a safe and joyous Christmas for her five children, rather than on attempting to litigate this case through the media.”

Fotis Dulos has not been able to see or have contact with his children since Jennifer went missing in accordance with court orders.

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This photo provided by the New Canaan Police Department shows Fotis Dulos. (New Canaan Police Department via AP)

In his interview with Fox News, Dulos repeatedly referenced the court-imposed gag order, saying he could not answer questions about his children or Jennifer.

When asked if he had anything to do with Jennifer’s disappearance, Dulos said: “Again, I will refer to the gag order, so I cannot answer that.”

When asked if he could tell Fox News where he thought she might be, he replied: “The same answer.”

When asked if he could talk about his children and if he had heard if they were doing OK, he said he didn’t know.

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“There’s no information flowing with regards to how they’re doing,” Dulos said. “I love my children. I miss them. I think about them every morning when I wake up. That’s who I think about. I feel I have a donut in my heart, with a big hole. And I don’t wish it to anybody. And I hope I get — I hope this will be over soon.

Dulos is scheduled to make his next appearance in Stamford Superior Court in the criminal case Jan. 9, 2020.

Fox News’ Tamara Gitt and Maria Paronich contributed to this report.

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Connecticut man, 26, charged with trying to support ISIS: ‘I gotta fight, bro’

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A Connecticut man has been charged with attempting to provide support to ISIS after allegedly pledging allegiance to the terror group’s leaders in Syria, federal prosecutors said Thursday.

Kevin McCormick, 26, of Hamden, was charged with “attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), a designated foreign terrorist organization,” according to the Department of Justice.

He was arrested Oct. 21, before a federal grand jury indicted him Oct. 30. McCormick made several bizarre statements in court, as he lavished praise on Islam and shared a desire to travel to Syria so he could join the group, authorities said.

CONNECTICUT MAN WHO ALLEGEDLY TRIED JOINING ISIS IS CAUGHT: ‘I CAN KILL’

“I gotta fight, bro,” he reportedly said. “Because those people, Abu Masa and ISIL, they fought for me, bro. I know it, I can feel it, in my heart. So it’s my time to fight … It just is what it is, bro. It’s just my, it’s just my time to go, bro.”

After being asked to explain his desired travel destination, authorities said, McCormick responded: “I don’t know, I don’t know, bro. It’s gotta be, like, Syria. Where ISIL is at. … Whichever place is easiest, whichever place I can get there the fastest, the quickest, the easiest, and where I can have a rifle and I can have some people, bro.

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“That’s what I need,” he continued. “I need a rifle and I need some people, I need Islamic law, I need, that’s what I need, because if I have these things, it’s going to be very hard to kill me.”

McCormick was accused of attempting to board a flight to Jamaica to flee the country Oct. 12 but was stopped by personnel from the Department of Homeland Security before he could get on board, the Justice Department said.

McCormick is also alleged to have made a video pledging his allegiance to ISIS and its leader, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, who was killed in a U.S.-led operation Oct. 26.

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If convicted, McCormick could face up to 20 years in prison, according to the Justice Department.

The case was still being investigated by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) along with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

Earlier this week, authorities arrested a West Haven man on similar charges.

Ahmad Khalil Elshazly, 22, was arrested Sunday in Stonington as he was about to board a boat to Syria, FOX 61 of Hartford reported. On Monday, federal investigators swarmed Elshazly’s neighborhood in search of evidence.

Elshazly also could face 20 years in prison, officials said.

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Newtown wins state football championship 7 years to the day after Sandy Hook

Newtown, Conn., celebrated a climactic football state championship victory Saturday — exactly seven years after the city mourned the deaths of 26 people in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

The Newtown HS Nighthawks had been tied with Darien HS’s team as the clock wound down Saturday. Then, through the dense fog, quarterback Jack Street connected with receiver Riley Ward for a dramatic, last-second, 36-yard touchdown pass, local station FOX 61 reported.

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Newtown’s Ben Pinto (42) reacts after the Newtown Nighthawks beat the Darien Blue Wave with a walk-off touchdown in the Class LL state football championship at Trumbull High School Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, in Trumbull, Conn. Newtown won 13-7. Newtown marked the seventh anniversary of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School with vigils, church services and a moment of joy when the community’s high school football team, with a shooting victim’s brother as linebacker, won the state championship Saturday in a last-minute thrill. (Kassi Jackson/Hartford Courant via AP)

Newtown had a victory in the books with a final score of 13-7. The win marked the school’s first state title since 1992, according to the station.

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In a stirring video captured by Hartford Courant reporter Shawn McFarland, players erupted in cheers and embraced each other.

“We had moments in that game where it didn’t look too good for Newtown,” Newtown coach Bobby Pattison told the Courant. “I’m so proud of the kids. I couldn’t be happier.”

Senior Jared Dunn was amped.

“The whole town showed out on this special night,” he said. “We knew we had to bring it home for our town. 27 years, it’s crazy. This is crazy.”

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Even Newtown’s rival, Darien, praised the team for playing “with your hearts on your sleeves.”

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Iconic Connecticut news legend Denise D’Ascenzo dies suddenly

Denise D’Ascenzo, the award-winning WFSB-TV news anchor died suddenly in her Connecticut home late on Saturday, the television station announced. She was 61.

“It was sudden and unexpected,” the station’s statement said. “The grief we are all feeling is immeasurable. We are devastated for her husband and daughter, who were her whole life.”

She came to WFSB-TV in 1986 and “through the years has been a steady and reassuring presence on the anchor desk, covering all the major local and national news stories of the day,” the statement added.

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Denise D’Ascenzo, the WFSB-TV Connecticut news anchor died suddenly in her home late Saturday, the television station announced late on Saturday. She was 61. (WFSB)

Tributes came from throughout the state on Saturday, as word of her death spread through the local community. Many were shocked.

“I am stunned, I am dumbfounded, and I have no adequate words right now to say how much I thought of Denise,” colleague Gerry Brooks said on Facebook. “I will say this: she is everything you thought she was. And she took good care of herself. Which reminds me how random the lottery of life is. As my mother used to say, ‘It goes by so fast.’ Rest easy, Denise. You will be badly and sadly missed.”

Dennis House was her co-anchor at WFSB for 25 years. He appeared teary-eyed while announcing the news of her death.

“She was a sister I never had,” he said. “I was her brother that she never had. She was my TV wife and we were best friends and I will miss her dearly.”

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Gov. Ned Lamont also tweeted a tribute of D’Ascenzo — who was the longest-serving news anchor at a single television station in the state — calling her “a Connecticut news legend.”

“The news of @DeniseDAscenzo’s passing is incredibly saddening,” he wrote. “She was a trusted name in journalism, and her work most certainly made an impact. My deepest condolences go to her family, friends, and colleagues at @WFSB. She is undoubtedly a CT news legend.”

Sen. Richard Blumenthal wrote that she “epitomized competence, class and integrity.”

“For more than 30 years, she guided Connecticut through tragedy and triumph,” he said. “We will miss her huge heart, her boundless generosity and her tireless grace. Connecticut has lost a television legend, invaluable voice, and a dear friend.”

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Throughout her dedicated journalism career, D’Ascenzo won 11 Emmys, including one for Best Anchor, two Edward R. Murrow awards, seven Associated Press awards, and a national Gabriel Award. She was the first woman to be inducted in the Connecticut Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame, according to WFSB.

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Connecticut man, 93, who police say backed over septuagenarian charged with negligent homicide

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A 93-year-old Connecticut man was charged Monday with negligent homicide with a motor vehicle stemming from an incident earlier this year in which police said he ran over and killed a 73-year-old man at a waste station.

Edward Socha, of Trumbull, was arrested in his hospital bed and charged in connection to the Feb. 8, 2019 death of Alexander “Barry” Trup, The New Haven Register reported.

Eugene Riccio, Socha’s lawyer, said he will likely be unable to make his Jan. 7 arraignment since he is hospitalized with numerous ailments not related to the crash.

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“By any measure it’s a terrible tragedy for all concerned.”

— Eugene Riccio, Edward Socha lawyer

Trup was unloading debris from his vehicle when he was fatally struck by a 2006 Toyota Corolla driven by Socha, the report said.

Witnesses said Socha was backing up to the building to unload material when his car lurched backward and struck Trup, knocking him to the ground. After striking Trup, the car continued traveling backward in a circle and backed over him at least one additional time, the report said.

Socha allegedly confirmed to police he was backing up and looking through his rear window when the car suddenly accelerated. He said he didn’t see Trup before hitting him and didn’t realize he had struck Trup until he saw him lying on the ground, police said.

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Police interviewed Trup who told them he had noticed the car backing towards him and tapped on the trunk to alert the driver. However, the car continued to accelerate toward him and then hit him, he said.

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Trup died a short time later. An autopsy revealed he died as a result of a blunt impact injury to his torso, the Register reported.

“The family of Barry Trup is devastated by his loss. He was a dedicated and loving father, husband and friend,” the family’s lawyer, Michael Tortora said.

Police later examined Socha’s car and determined it was in proper working order.

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