Windsor Locks Couple Describes Happening Upon Fatal October 2010 Accident

Jurors heard the second day of testimony Tuesday in the trial of former Windsor Locks police Sgt. Robert Koistinen.


Allison and Jason Charbonneau say they were shocked when after being the first people to arrive on the scene of a horrible motor vehicle accident on October 29, 2010, Windsor Locks police never asked them what they witnessed.

The Monday following the accident she called the Connecticut State Police tipline and left a message saying she and her husband had come upon the accident scene.

“The town police didn’t want my statement so there was no need to contact them,” Allison Charbonneau testified in Hartford Superior Court Tuesaday.

The second day of testimony in the trial of former Windsor Locks Police Sgt. Robert Koistinen began. Koistinen, 55, is accused of interfering with the investigation of the accident in which his son, Michael, an off-duty Windsor Locks police officer at the time, was convicted of striking 15-year-old Henry Dang with his car as the teen rode his bicycle at the intersection of Spring and West streets on Oct. 29, 2010.

Michael Koistinen pleaded no contest to second-degree manslaughter and tampering with physical evidence on June 12. He was sentenced on August 27 to five years and four months in prison.

Robert Koistinen is charged with third-degree hindering prosecution.

The prosecution’s witnesses again detailed events surrounding that night and early morning. The Charbonneaus both testified Tuesday morning said after they’d been at the accident scene for about 10 minutes, an officer told them he’d clear a way for them to go around.

“I thought it was odd that we would be driving through the accident scene,” Jason Charbonneau said. “It was rather odd.”

They said the officer who guided them through the accident scene was a tall man who had arrived on the scene in a SUV. Earlier testimony on Monday indicated that as shift supervisor that night Robert Koistinen was driving a SUV.

Allison Charbonneau said as they headed east on Spring Street they saw car parts along the road and then drove around Dang’s body in the middle of the intersection. She would find out later that the body was that of a friend of her son, Charbonneau testified.

As they passed through the intersection, they “pulled over to the side of the road with my  husband because we were in shock and had a break down,” she said.

Under cross examination from Attorney Elliot Spector, the couple said they didn't see the actual accident and that they didn't offer Windsor Locks police any information. Both said the police never asked them.

Allison Charbonneau said that she typed her recollection of what happened later on Saturday because it was fresh in her mind. She gave that information to a state police investigator on the following Monday, she said.

One of the members of the North Central Municipal Accident Reconstruction Squad, which was called to investigate the accident on October 30, 2010, Officer Jeremiah Dowd of the Granby Police Department testified about what the team did that day.

Dowd testified that he was unable to speak to  Michael Koistinen when he went to Johnson Memorial Hospital. He said he was told that the Koistinens wanted to consult with an attorney before Michael spoke with investigators.

Dowd said Koistinen was undergoing a medical test at the time and he spoke to Robert Koistinen.

On cross examination, Spector asked Dowd if Robert Koistinen told him he couldn’t speak to Michael Kositinen.

“Not in those specific words,” Dowd said.

Spector later asked  Dowd  if there was anything  preventing him that day from speaking to Michael Koistinen.

“I guess I could have waited,” Dowd said. “I didn’t believe I was going to be allowed that opportunity.”

Testimony resumes on Wednesday.

Antoinette October 03, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Piece of shit, a bird of a feather Flock together
Antoinette October 03, 2012 at 01:36 PM
They both should be ripped of any honors after trying to cover up a killing. I guess dad is just the same he didn't show his son to own up to his responsibilities
Bob October 06, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Antoinette, you sound like a real asshole !
Bob October 06, 2012 at 01:16 PM
It's confirmed !! You are a real asshole !
Bob October 06, 2012 at 01:31 PM
We all know the kid screwed-up big time but I think the old man should be cut some slack, yeah he's a cop but also a father. that night your not going to tell me his mind wasn't going bonkers, where the dad is concerned it sounds like a witch hunt to me. In his position he was walking a fine line and everyone always wants to make him a bad guy, sounds to me he did his job as best he could under duress!!
JOHN October 07, 2012 at 01:59 PM
The fact that the people in Windsor Locks would pay all these cops with their taxes to kill a child is the sad part of this story. Not that some drunken idiot ran a kid over, not that his evil father tried to cover it up, not that all the crooked cops on the scene went along with the cover up attempt, the worst part of the story is that all the stupid citizens of Windsor Locks would continue to employ and pay these scumbags who all helped kill this child. Now all the people of Windsor Locks have blood on their hands. Its takes a community to raise a child and kill one as well.
JOHN October 07, 2012 at 02:26 PM
A fine line ? So you think if I ran a child over drunk driving my dad could come to the scene and drive me away and refuse all testing? Do you live in your mom's basement Bob? Maybe you should send Mike some money to put on his prison account so he could buy ramen, soda and cheetos for his new husband OMG the whole bunch of those cops and the people who allow them to remain working as police will never be able to wash the blood off their hands. Bob what is the matter with you, Duress!! Yea maybe your right it's very stressful to kill children!. Cut some slack, is murder legal in Windsor Locks? Maybe I should drink all day and come up to your house Bob and run your mother over at 70 miles per hour and you could cut me some slack RIGHT! Knock her body feet down an asphalt road 50 feet till blood drips from her ears and you could cut me some slack OK! What is in the Windsor Locks water WOW ! Put the crack pipe down and step away from the beer Bob. Its time to move out of Mom's basement and think before you type nothing you said makes any sense what so ever!
Bob October 07, 2012 at 07:42 PM
John, You really make yourself sound like a moron. It's obvious that you didn't really read what I was trying to say, I SAID THE FATHER SHOULD MAYBE GET CUT SOME SLACK ! You sound like a very disturbed person with all the bull your pulling out of thin air from crack pipes to all cops in W.L. being killers,and stupid citizens of w.l. It sound's like you should seek help from a shrink P.S. The only one in this case that has blood on his hands is Mike K. and also he will live have with knowing that he took someones life.
JOHN October 09, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Bob, Uh, can you read Bob, we all understood you think the father should be able to get away with manslaughter or conspiracy to comment because he is a COP? When you help someone cover up a manslaughter in the United States its called conspiring. If you drove someone to the deli and they decided to rob the place and accidently killed the clerk you as the person who drove the killer there whether or not you knew he was going to kill the clerk would spend the rest of your life in prison for conspiracy. Robert's role however was much more involved, he did everything in his power to make sure little Mikey did not get tested for alcohol, and abused his athority as police SGT. to do so. Then all Windsor Locks Police on the scene allowed Robert and Mike to kill a child. The blood then splattered from Robert and Mikes hands to all the cops on scene who helped cover it up. And now the blood drips from your fingers as evidenced by your bloody key board as well as all the good citizens of Windsor Locks who try to wash off their hands of blood to no avail. The people who sit by idlely and allow these police to conspire to commit manslaughter of an innocent child is nothing short of satonic. Your right about one thing Bob I am disturbed, DISTURBED by people like you who think its ok to kill innocent children, just so poor Mikey can drink all day. Disturbed by people like Chief Degray who think the town should have child killers work as police officers.
Patricia A October 12, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Well, Robert shouldn't be able to hold his head high in Windsor Locks, so they will likely have to move away. Lets hope so. I think the prosecution and jury screwed this up. I feel so sad for the Dang family. Perhaps they can get conviction in civil court.
Antoinette October 31, 2012 at 06:48 AM
He is not above The Law, Wrong Is Wrong He Took An Oath, I'm Not Saying I Don't Understand Y He Did It But He Should Of Stepped Away and Let Someone Else Take Over He Still Took An OATH...
Antoinette October 31, 2012 at 06:51 AM
He is not above The Law, Wrong Is Wrong He Took An Oath, I'm Not Saying I Don't Understand Y He Did It But He Should Of Stepped Away and Let Someone Else Take Over He Still Took An OATH... To Protect and Serve I Know Cops Who Have Arrested There Own Mother Now That's A Honest COP
Antoinette October 31, 2012 at 06:57 AM
we as for the windsor locks residents went to town meetings to fight to have him fired and we pulled together and made it happen we do care in windsor locks thats why we are starting a petition to stop Sgt. Robert From Getting His Job Back, JOHN WE ALL CARE In WINDSOR LOCKS ABOUT HENRY DANG and The COVER UP, Hope You Understand This
Antoinette November 01, 2012 at 10:27 PM
I Agree With You Patricia


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