NEW HAVEN — A city man has been charged in connection with the death of his cousin in a crash on Ella T. Grasso Boulevard in November, court records show.

Carlos Salazar-Marquez, 31, of Day Street, is charged with second-degree manslaughter with a motor vehicle, misconduct with a motor vehicle, operating under the influence and reckless driving, according to judicial records.

In an affidavit, a New Haven police officer said officers responded to the intersection of Ella T. Grasso Boulevard and Washington Avenue late in the evening Nov. 20 and found a Toyota Camry had struck a tree and fence on the west side of the boulevard.

Police learned that four men had been in the vehicle at the time of the crash. One, Jovany Rosas-Marquez, was found unresponsive and later died from his injuries. His cause of death was later determined to be blunt force trauma to the head and neck stemming from a motor vehicle accident.

A police spokesman said at the time of the crash that two of the four occupants of the 2002 Camry were found by officers, sitting on the sidewalk. They had been pulled from the vehicle by good Samaritans, the spokesman said.

The three other occupants suffered non-life threatening injuries.

At the scene, Salazar-Marquez told police he had been driving the Camry at the time of the crash, according to the warrant affidavit.

He said an unknown vehicle had merged in front of him while he was driving onthe boulevard near Washington Avenue, causing him to swerve to the right and lose control of the car.

One of the passengers told police that he and the other men in the car had been drinking and playing pool in a bar in Orange ahead of the incident. Salazar-Marquez had been driving the Camry at a high rate of speed, the passenger told police, and lost control while “zig-zagging” on the road and passing other cars.

Salazar-Marquez was found to have had a blood alcohol level of 0.19 at the time of the crash, according to the affidavit. The legal limit in Connecticut is 0.08.

In a subsequent interview Dec. 20, Salazar-Marquez told police the four men had been at Rosas-Marquez’s home on the day of the accident and had three beers before they decided to go play pool, according to the affidavit. He told police he had an additional beer at the bar in Orange.

Salazar-Marquez reiterated to police that he had been cut off by a vehicle on Ella T. Grasso Boulevard before losing control of the car, according to the affidavit.

“He knows there was a crash but he stated it happened so fast that he does not remember anything else except swerving out of the way after being cut off by another driver,” the New Haven officer said in the affidavit.

Salazar-Marquez is scheduled to be arraigned in Superior Court in New Haven Sept. 30, according to court staff.

william.lambert@hearstmediact.com