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Former Sergeant Testifies In Own Defense In Trial Tied To Deadly Crash

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Robert Koistinen testifies at his trial. Image from pool video feed.

Robert Koistinen testifies at his trial. Image from pool video feed.

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As part of his defense, a former Windsor Locks Police Sergeant today testified about his actions, when he responded to a crash in which his son struck and killed a teenage bicyclist.

“There was nothing I did different in this accident,” Robert Koistinen said.

Koistinen said he had no indication that his son had been drinking.

Koistinen said if he had actively investigated a crash involving his son, it could have violated department standing orders.

“I did not believe I would have any type of credibility if I had started investigating,  because it would not have made a lot of sense,” Koistinen said.

Robert Koistinen is accused of interfering with the investigation, in part by keeping his son away from other investigators at the crash scene, and preventing them from performing tests that could have determined if his son had been drinking.

State police who later investigated the crash, said son Michael Koistinen had been drinking at a UConn football game, and a bar in the hours before the crash.

Closing arguments are scheduled for Wednesday.

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