Darien man charged with driving drunk and killing Stamford woman

Robert Oxer, 26, of Pear Tree Point Road in Darien, was arrested for a fatal DUI in Trumbull last year.

Robert Oxer, 26, of Pear Tree Point Road in Darien, was arrested for a fatal DUI in Trumbull last year.

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BRIDGEPORT — A Darien man, who is also awaiting trial on multiple charges including DUI and strangulation, was charged Thursday with driving drunk and killing a Stamford woman last year.

Robert Oxer, 26, of Pear Tree Road, Darien, was charged in a warrant with second-degree manslaughter with a motor vehicle, operating under the influence and motor vehicle charges by state police.

During his arraignment Thursday afternoon, Supervisory Assistant State’s Attorney Ann Lawlor urged Superior Court Judge Tracy Lee Dayton to set a high bond for Oxer because of the serious allegation and his criminal history.

But Oxer’s lawyer, Eugene Riccio, asked the judge for lenience for his client, who glanced back at his parents sitting in the rear of the courtroom.

“I’ve known him for many years and all his problems arise from substance abuse,” Riccio told the judge. He continued that his client has spent the last three months at an inpatient alcohol treatment facility in Florida.

“I understand these are serious charges but we have never had any problems getting him to court,” the lawyer said.

“I’m not so concerned with his coming to court,” Dayton replied. She said she was more concerned with Oxer’s criminal history, including the pending DUI.

“This is a terrible case,” Dayton said.

She ordered Oxer held in lieu of $250,000 bond and continued the case to Dec. 2.

According to the arrest warrant affidavit, shortly after 1 a.m. on Sept. 19, 2020, state police were dispatched to Route 8 in Trumbull for a crash.

When troopers got to the scene, southbound between Exit 10 and the Merritt Parkway overpass, the affidavit states they found a woman’s body in the roadway several yards from the remains of a motorcycle. The woman, identified as 36-year-old Shirley Regado-Rodriguez, of Stamford, was pronounced dead at the scene from multiple injuries to her head and torso, the affidavit states.

Troopers found Oxer lying near the median. They said he complained that his legs were hurting, the result of being run over by a passing vehicle that continued driving and left the scene, the affidavit states.

The affidavit continues that Oxer smelled strongly of alcohol and a blood test later done at St. Vincent’s Medical Center determined he had a blood/alcohol content of .23 or nearly three times the legal limit.

The affidavit states that a subsequent investigation of the scene determined that Oxer, with Regado-Rodriguez as a passenger, had been driving the motorcycle at more than 80 miles per hour on the highway when he struck the back of a Volkswagen sedan. Both Oxer and Regado-Rodriguez were thrown from the bike by the impact. Only Oxer was wearing a helmet, the affidavit states.

According to court records, Oxer is awaiting trial on several charges, including second-degree strangulation as a result of a 2019 arrest in Darien.