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Woman Charged in 2 Hit-Run Deaths

A 39-year-old Stamford woman is facing vehicular manslaughter charges in the deaths of two men struck and killed Saturday as they changed a tire on I-95 in Darien. Candice Blanks was also charged with driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident. Lucas Silva, 22, of Stamford and Felipe Chagas, 19, of Bethel were standing on the shoulder near Exit 11 southbound at around 2:30 a.m. when they were struck by Blanks' vehicle.

Blanks then hit another car parked on the right shoulder of the highway, according to police reports. She fled the scene, even after her airbags deployed, but was apprehended shortly thereafter by Darien police.

Chagas and Silva were pronounced dead at the scene. Blanks was being held on a $250,000 bond.

Later Saturday, the operator of a motor scooter was seriously injured when the scooter struck a car turning onto Old Kings Highway North from Raymond Street. The scooter operator was thrown from his vehicle, according to police reports. He was rushed to Norwalk Hospital, where he was listed in "stable" condition. The driver of the car was not injured.

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