A judge has reduced bail to $35,000 for a Hartford woman accused of causing a fiery weekend crash on Interstate 95 in Darien that took the lives of two people.

Yadira Torres was arraigned in Superior Court in Stamford on two counts of second-degree manslaughter, reckless driving and driving under the influence of alcohol.

Police say the 26-year-old woman was driving north at about 6 a.m. Saturday when she passed a tractor-trailer. She then lost control of her car and struck the tractor-trailer, causing it to crash and burst into flames.

Several Good Samaritans pulled a woman from the rig, but she later died from burns suffered inside the cab.   The truck’s driver wsa pronounced dead at the scene.  A state police report said he suffered cardiac arrest.

Torres and her three passengers were also hospitalized.

Her attorney argued that she should be released under strict conditions because she is remorseful and has four children. Prosecutors argued that she is a flight risk.

The case was continued until May 23.


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