Weston man charged in tow truck driver's death

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A Weston man turned himself in to police Friday to face charges in the death of a tow truck driver who was killed in a crash on the Merritt Parkway in April.

Dean Robert, 47, was charged with manslaughter in the death of Corey Iodice, who police said was killed when Robert allegedly lost control of his BMW and struck Iodice, who was on the southbound roadway north of Exit 47 cleaning up an earlier crash.

On April 22, police said Iodice, an employee of Iodice Family Transport in Fairfield, was in the process of loading a disabled Mercedes Benz onto the flatbed of his tow truck.

State police said that Robert “lost control for unknown reasons while traveling in the right lane, struck a vehicle parked behind the tow truck and struck and killed Iodice.”

Iodice was pronounced dead at the scene.

“Corey was one of the best operators that I’ve ever worked with,” Fairfield Fire Chief George Gomola said of Iodice in April.

Fairfield Police Sgt. Michael Paris said Iodice was known to be careful and precise “in regards to wearing his vest; in regards to how he stands and positions himself and how he asks officers or firemen to get out of the way because of potential danger.”

State police said Robert turned himself in Friday afternoon at State Police Troop G headquarters in Bridgeport. He was charged with second-degree manslaughter, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and reckless driving, among other charges.

He was released on a $250,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Bridgeport Superior Court on Jan 26.