Connecticut man rejects plea deal in double-fatal crash

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man facing manslaughter and assault charges in connection with a car crash that left two Canadian visitors dead and two others injured has rejected a plea deal that would have sent him to prison for 12 years.

The Hartford Courant reports that 55-year-old Edward Brozynski, of Newington, will instead go to trial and say he was "sleep driving" after taking the sleep medication Ambien.

His attorney said Tuesday that Brozynski "was basically unconscious" at the time of the September 2017 crash on Route 6 in Farmington.

Police say he also had alcohol, an anti-anxiety drug, and an opioid in his system when he crossed the center line and crashed head-on into another car.

Two passengers in that vehicle, Benoit Boislard and Rejean St. Pierre, both 66 from Quebec, died.

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Information from: Hartford Courant, http://www.courant.com