The man’s arrest comes after police responded to the road side crash only to find the 16 year old Wilby High School student shot twice in the head and once in the hand, reported the Hartford Courant.
At the time, the car driven by Pittman had crashed into a telephone pole along the 1700 block of Thomaston Avenue, circa 8.30pm.
Authorities pronounced Santiago dead at the scene. It was not clear when she was shot.
Of question is whether the teen had been alive when the car crashed or had already been deceased?
The firearm used in the shooting, a .357-caliber handgun, was recovered from the vehicle, police said.
WFSB reported Pittman taken to the hospital and later into custody on suspicion of murder.
Waterbury Police Deputy Chief Spagnolo said that Pittman was ‘visibly shaken and suffered some bumps and bruises’.
Pittman, 27, and the teen reportedly were in a relationship, but no motive for the shooting has been released.
Reiterated Spagnolo, ‘Something occurred throughout the night that created this tumultuous situation to the point where Pittman shot Santiago.’
Of intrigue, police said ‘Pittman was known to them.’
It wasn’t immediately clear how long the ‘couple’ had been in a relationship and how the 27 year old man came to be ‘dating’ the 16 year old teen. Of question is if there had been prior instances of abuse or violence towards the girl?
Come Tuesday, Santiago’s adoptive mother Wanda Plaza said that she was ‘destroyed’ from the news of her death.
‘I want to say to everyone Evalyce was my Angel,’ Plaza told WFSB. ‘I am so proud of her no matter whether she is here right now with me. I am destroyed right now because she had so many things she wanted to do in life.’
A school friend of the slain teen told via nbcconnecticut that ‘Evalyce was a good friend, a really good student and always made someone smile,’
Adding, ‘she never liked to see anyone down, and was there for everybody.’
Pittman, of Waterbury, is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday on murder and various weapon charges. He is being held on $1 million bail.