CONNECTICUT STATE POLICE MAKE ARREST IN FATAL WRONG WAY CRASH
(MIDDLETOWN, CT – December 16, 2015) – State Police have arrested a Morris man for manslaughter following the investigation of a fatal wrong way motor vehicle crash last August.
On December 15, 2015, at approximately 7:30 p.m., John R. Fretts of 3 Farnham Road, Morris, surrendered to State Police who had obtained an active arrest warrant from Waterbury Superior Court.
State Troopers from Troop L-Litchfield conducted an extensive, detailed investigation following a two-car fatal accident on August 22, 2015. Troopers determined that Fretts had been driving northbound in the southbound lanes of Route 8 in Watertown when his vehicle struck a vehicle driven by Daniel M. Dziadik of Torrington, who was killed as a result of the impact.
John R. Fretts was charged with Manslaughter in the Second Degree with a Motor Vehicle, Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol and/or Drugs, and Driving the Wrong Way on a Highway.
Fretts was held on $250,000 bond and will be arraigned at Waterbury Superior Court on Dec. 16, 2015.
Victim left wife and two young children
Daniel M Dziadik, 29, of Torrington, CT was suddenly and tragically killed in a car accident on Aug 22 2015.
Daniel was born on Nov. 16 1985 in New Haven CT to Steven and Marla Carroll Dziadik. Raised in Thomaston, he graduated from Thomaston High School in 2003. Daniel was employed at Barnes and Noble Bookstore in Canton and most recently at I2Systems Inc in Morris. Married March 2014, Dan is survived by his beloved wife, Kathleen Dziadik and their children Braxton (3) and Alyssa (10mo) of Torrington CT. Predeceased by his father Steven, he leaves his mother Marla of Torrington, Uncle Brian Carroll of Naugatuck, many beloved in-laws, several cousins and numerous “cousins” along with a plethora of friends. Dan enjoyed photography, creating art and music. Dream Theater and Rush were among his many favorite bands. He played guitar, keyboards and always had fun with his didgeridoo. Dan was an enthusiastic fan of the Pittsburgh Penguins and had the pleasure of seeing them on home ice, as a surprise by his wife, on their honeymoon. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, August 30th at Phalen Funeral Home on Migeon Ave in Torrington. Donations can be made to his GoFundMe account entitled “Funeral Expenses for Daniel Dziadik”