WOLCOTT, Conn. (WTNH)-- A Waterbury woman involved in a deadly crash last month turned herself into police Monday morning. Police say she was texting and driving when she crashed into a motorcycle. The driver died a few days later.
Her lawyer says she's remorseful, but police say a life was lost in a situation that should have never happened. Now, 24-year-old Stephanie Clavell could spend time in jail, and the victim's family and friends are left heartbroken.
A sign on Meriden Road in Wolcott that says "Texting Kills" sits at the sight of a crash that took the life of Terrence Doyle in his hometown, where he was a popular electrician.
Police say Stephanie Clavell of Waterbury, was spotted texting and driving by a police officer just feet away, when she crashed into Doyle on his motorcycle.
"We had other witnesses behind her that said she never hit her break lights," said Chief Edward Stephens, Wolcott police.
Police say the motorcycle then crashed into an SUV. Doyle went head first into the windshield.
He wasn't wearing a helmet. A few days later, he died
"I expect him to yell across the yard every morning. Almost every morning I would see him," said Nancy Voghel.
A neighbor for decades, Nancy Voghel says his wife and the entire community is devastated by their loss.
"If he would see someone texting or talking on the phone in the car, he would get so upset and complain about it," said Voghel.
"The sad truth is, it's avoidable. When you have your phone in your car, put it in your glove box. Get it out of sight, this way you're not tempted to use it," said Stephens.
In court, Clavell's lawyer said the single mother and health care worker has no criminal record and has cooperated.
"Your Honor, the defendant was anticipating this warrant. I've been in contact with her for a number of days. She voluntarily turned herself in," said Attorney Thomas Mitchell- Hoffler.
He asked the judge to lower the bond from $25,000 to $5,000. The request was denied.
"She was extremely nervous in court. She's extremely upset and that would be expected in this situation," said Mitchell-Hoffler.
Still, Doyle's friends say a senseless tragedy occurred.
"I hope they all listen, texting kills," said Voghel.
Clavell is facing manslaughter charges. She'll be back in court later this month.
WOLCOTT, Conn. (WTNH) -- Police in Wolcott made an arrest in connection with a fatal motor vehicle accident that happened in June.
The accident occurred on Meriden Road on June 25th.
Police said 24-year-old Stephanie Clavell was driving a vehicle that struck motorcyclist Terrence Doyle, who was stopped at a traffic light on Meriden Road.
Police said Clavell was using her cell phone, and appeared to be texting, at the time of the accident.
Doyle passed away from his injuries days later.
Clavell, of 1728 Meriden Rd. Waterbury, is being charged with second-degree manslaughter, operating a motor vehicle while using a hand held device, and operating an unregistered vehicle.
She is being held on a $25,000 bond.
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