Man charged in crash that killed attorney, church leader

January 4, 2020 GMT

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Bridgeport police have made an arrest in connection with a car crash that killed an attorney who helped troubled youth and was a leader of a local church.

Keith Commerford, 50, of Bridgeport was arrested Friday night and detained on $500,000 bond pending a court arraignment on Monday, the Connecticut Post reported. He is charged with second-degree manslaughter, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and other crimes.

The crash on Wednesday afternoon at Fairfield Avenue and Ellsworth Street killed Peter Tsimbidaros, 50, of Bridgeport. Police said Commerford was driving at a high rate of speed when his van struck Tsimbidaros’ vehicle.

Officials said Tsimbidaros was on his way to have dinner with his parents to celebrate the new year when the accident happened.

Tsimbidaros was a member of the parish council at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church who was praised for helping troubled youths turn their lives around. He died of his injuries Thursday morning.

Commerford also was brought to a hospital with injuries.

It was not clear if Commerford has an attorney who could respond to the allegations.