Man faces assault and DUI charges for 2021 oncoming crash on Route 8

DERBY – A Waterbury man is due in court next month after police say he drunk-drove a van the wrong way on Route 8 last year for at least six miles before of hitting a car driven by a Bridgeport woman whose leg was later amputated.

Moyan Henry, 34, faces charges of second-degree assault with a motor vehicle, driving under the influence, second-degree reckless endangerment and driving the wrong way on a divided road in connection to the accident, which occurred around 3:30 a.m. on August 29, 2021.

His attorney could not be reached for comment on Monday.

Minutes before the accident, police received reports that Henry’s Dodge Ram truck was traveling north on Highway 8 South in the area of ​​Exit 20 in Seymour, according to a warrant written by the Private Jordan Gomes.

Henry allegedly drove the van into the Exit 24 area in Beacon Falls before colliding with a Chevrolet Malibu driven by Jailisa Reyes, a 28-year-old Bridgeport resident.

Photos from the Beacon Hose Co. No. 1 Facebook page show both vehicles with heavy damage to the front end. Rescue teams took around 10 minutes to free Reyes and a passenger from the wreckage, then rushed her to Waterbury Hospital.

According to a video posted by the volunteer firefightersrescue and EMS service, Reyes’ injuries were so severe that surgeons at the hospital had to open his chest and manually massage his heart for over an hour before his condition stabilized.

The warrant says Henry was found standing in the back of his vehicle, his eyes bloodshot and glassy, ​​and “a strong smell of booze emanating from his breath.”

Henry reportedly told police he was driving home to Waterbury from Bridgeport when the accident happened.

“Henry stated he believed he was in the northbound traffic lane,” the warrant said. “When asked if he had anything to drink tonight, Henry said he had a few drinks earlier in the night.”

After being taken to St. Mary’s Hospital, the soldier obtained a search warrant for Henry’s blood, whose tests showed a blood alcohol level of 0.197, more than double the legal limit of 0 .08, depending on the mandate.

Reyes’ attorney, Mark Arons, said Reyes had his leg amputated below the knee as a result of the crash. His passenger suffered only minor injuries, he said.

The lawyer said she was trying to recuperate after having to go out for a long period of rehab.

“It’s a devastating thing for a young woman, but she’s resilient and she’s trying to move on as best she can,” Arons said.

No complaint has yet been filed in connection with the case. Arons said he filed a claim with Henry’s auto insurance company, which offered its $25,000 policy limit.

“My client wants (Henry) to be punished appropriately and we are trying to determine if he has any assets to allow him to compensate Ms. Reyes,” Arons said. “He was intoxicated and had traveled some distance on the highway before the collision.”

Henry was arrested by state police last December but has yet to plead in the case, according to court records. He has posted $20,000 bond and is due back in court on July 13.

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