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Upgraded Charges Against Driver In Fatal Hit And Run; Police Say His Blood Alcohol Was 3x Legal Limit

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Israel Gonzalez (Courtesy Meriden Police)

Israel Gonzalez (Courtesy Meriden Police)

Charges have been upgraded against a man who Meriden police say slammed his vehicle into that of a family, leaving two children dead and several others seriously injured.

Police say Israel Gonzalez now faces two counts of manslaughter with a motor vehicle, along with three counts assault with a motor vehicle and operating under the influence.

Authorities say the 29-year-old had an elevated blood alcohol level three times the legal limit early Sunday morning when he struck a car on Broad Street and Gale Avenue.

Killed were five-year-old Tatiana Cruz and her eight-year-old brother Lorenzo.

Their 12-year-old stepbrother Alejandro Schoder and parrents were also injured.

Gonzalez is already behind bars on evading and other offenses tied to the crash.

Bond has been set at $1 million.

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