Robert Koistinen, a former police sergeant with the Windsor Locks, CT Police Department, was found not guilty of hindering prosecution in the case of his son, Michael Koistinen. Michael, also a former police officer, was found guilty of manslaughter and is now serving a 5-year prison sentence for the crime arising out of the tragic death of 15 year-old Henry Dang.
According to Connecticut State Police investigators, Michael was driving drunk and speeding when he struck Henry Dang, who was riding his bicycle at this time of the fatal car accident.
Prosecutors in the case against Robert alleged that he was the shift commander on the night of the fatal bicycle accident, and that he drove his son away from the scene of the accident and also prevented an investigating officer from obtaining a blood sample from Michael.
An independent investigative team concluded that the police botched the response to the bike crash, but that Robert did not unlawfully interfere with the investigation.
Both father and son were fired after the motor vehicle accident.
The family of Henry Dang recently settled a wrongful death lawsuit against Michael and a tavern owner for $420,000.
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