East Hartford bicyclist killed in DUI accident

By Frances Taylor - Staff Writer
East Hartford - posted Fri., Sep. 9, 2011
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Paul A. Bato was charged with reckless driving and driving while intoxicated following an accident that killed a bicyclist. EHPD photo. - Contributed Photo

An East Hartford man was killed while riding his bicycle on Burnside Avenue on Sept. 1 by a driver that police say was driving under the influence of alcohol.

William Laramie, 56, was struck at 5:21 p.m. on Sept. 1, at the intersection of Burnside Avenue and Larrabee Street. Police say the car that hit him was a red 2011 Corvette driven by Paul Bato, 45, of 536 Birch Mountain Road in Manchester.

After the accident, Laramie was taken to Hartford Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 8:21 p.m., police said. Bato was arrested, and an investigation revealed that he was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident, according to Lt. Curt Stoldt, a spokesman for the East Hartford Police Department.

Bato was accompanied by a passenger, Janice Light, who was not injured or charged in the accident. Police said that the investigation is continuing, and further charges against Bato could be pending within the next several weeks. Bato has previously been charged with drunk driving on two occasions. Police said they found evidence that Bato and his passenger had been drinking at two establishments in Hartford in the hours before the accident. A glass containing rum and a can of beer were found in the car, police said.

Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed the accident, or has information related to the accident, to call the East Hartford Police Department at 860-528-4401, or to call the confidential tip line at 860-289-9134.

Bato was charged with reckless driving and driving while intoxicated, and is being held on $500,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 6.


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