BRISTOL, Conn. (WTNH) -- A Cheshire woman was arrested Tuesday following a police investigation into a fatal crash that occurred in Bristol in November.
The accident happened on November 30th, at the intersection of Willis and South streets. Ninety-year-old Wanda Belisle, of Bristol, was killed in the crash.
After investigating, police determined that 23-year-old Melissa Maddaloni, of 1190 Peck Lane, Cheshire, was criminally negligent and responsible for Belisle's death.
According to police, at the time of the accident, Maddaloni had been traveling north on Willis St. and the brakes on her vehicle failed as she traveled down the steep hill.
Maddaloni entered the intersection of South St. without stopping for the stop sign, striking a second vehicle. The second vehicle was traveling east on South St. and was driven by 66-year-old Gerard Nadeau, of Terryville.
Police said Belisle was the front seat passenger in Nadeau's vehicle, and the passenger compartment where she had been sitting was severely crushed from the impact.
According to police, Maddaloni's vehicle was traveling at 66 miles per hour when it broadsided the second vehicle. Additionally, at the time of the accident, Maddaloni had a suspended license.
Maddaloni was charged with second-degree manslaughter, misconduct with a motor vehicle, operating with a suspended operators license, defective brakes, and failure to obey a stop sign.