After a wreck rattled a Connecticut neighborhood Monday evening, authorities made an alarming discovery at the scene: A 16-year-old female passenger was found dead inside the vehicle.

Officials said the girl, Evalyce Santiago, had been shot three times — once in the hand and twice in the head.

Dominique Pittman, the driver, was quickly charged with murder in her death.

“The state alleges the defendant committed a vicious murder of a 16-year-old,” Waterbury State’s Attorney Maureen Platt told a judge during Pittman’s arraignment this week, according to reports from the Hartford Courant.

Waterbury police first responded to the scene about 8:30 p.m. Monday after the single vehicle collision. Upon arrival, they discovered a car on fire there on the lawn of a home.

Officials said Pittman, 27, sustained minor injuries while Evalyce was dead inside the vehicle, where police allegedly also discovered a .357-caliber handgun.

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In addition to murder, Pittman is charged with one count of carrying a pistol without a permit, according to court records reviewed by PEOPLE.

Initially, Pittman told police there was …read more


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