MONTVILLE, CT (WPIX) -- A college student headed to Uganda for a humanitarian aid mission was killed Saturday after the vehicle she was riding in was hit by a drunken driver going the wrong way on a busy highway near Montville, state police said.
Elizabeth Durante, 20, a junior at Connecticut College, was traveling with several other students to the airport when the collision occurred on Interstate 395 around 3:45 a.m. Durante was partially thrown from the vehicle and died at the scene, according to police. The seven other students traveling with her were treated at local hospitals for non-life threatening injuries.
Daniel Muser, the wrong-way driver, was arrested and faces charges including manslaughter with a motor vehicle and drunken driving. State Police Lt. J. Paul Vance said the 22-year-old Groton resident is being held on $100,000 bond and is expected to be arraigned in Norwich Superior Court on Monday.
Connecticut College President Leo I. Higdon Jr said Durante's death has devastated the entire college community. He called Durante of West Islip, "a student of enormous talent, commitment and compassion."
Durante along with a friend organized the trip to Kaberamaido, Uganda as part of a humanitarian mission with Asayo's Wish Foundation, a charity whose goal is to help suffering children. The 12 students were heading to Uganda in order to deliver medial supplies and help provide basic medical care to people in the region.
Connecticut College Student Killed In Wrong-Way Crash
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