Man accused of killing off-duty South Windsor officer in DUI crash appears in court on same day as officer’s wake

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(WTNH) — The man accused of striking and killing an off-duty officer with his car was in court on Tuesday, the same day as the officer’s wake.

Suspect 24-year-old Spencer Kraus is facing multiple charges, including felony manslaughter, assault with a moto vehicle and DUI. He is expected to enter a plea.

This comes on the same day as the wake being held for South Windsor Police Officer Benjamin Lovett. The officer was riding his motorcycle in June while off-duty when Kraus struck him in Tolland. Investigators said Kraus was drunk and tried to run away.

Court documents revealed that Kraus allegedly admitted to drinking at a Tolland strip club before driving around 1 a.m. on June 26. Kraus allegedly told troopers he wanted to call his dad because, “I just got to tell him that I’m [expletive]” and “I’m [expletive] up, that’s for sure.”

Krauss now faces manslaughter, assault, and DUI charges.

Lovett held on in the hospital for days but died last week. His fellow officers are making sure justice is done and that Lovett’s good work continues.

“Our job now is to make sure Ben’s legacy lives on at this agency and that we’re going to be supportive of the family,” said South Windsor Police Sgt. Mark Cleverdon. “Make sure they know they are forever part of what we have here at South Windsor.”

During his time in the police force, Lovett was recognized by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) for his work on cracking down on DUIs.

Calling hours for the wake of Officer Lovett will be at the Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home on 419 Buckland Road in South Windsor from 3 p.m. – 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the South Windsor High School auditorium to accommodate all the people expected to attend.

Lovett was 25 years old at the time of his passing and leaves behind his parents and brother.

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