NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (WTNH) — A woman was struck and killed by a police officer in New Britain early Thursday morning, according to Connecticut State Police.
Troopers said the officer was driving a 2017 Ford Police Interceptor Utility westbound on West Main Street around 1:10 a.m. when he hit a woman crossing the roadway near the Lexington Street intersection. The woman was not in a crosswalk, state police said.
The woman, identified as 40-year-old Katherine Colon of New Britain, sustained fatal injuries, according to state police.
State police said the officer, identified by New Britain Police Chief Matthew Marino as Connor Reinsch, stayed on scene.
New Britain police said on Friday that “patrol officers were responding to an address while following up on a burglary complaint that came in minutes earlier.”
Authorities have not said if the lights and sirens on Reinsch’s SUV were activated when he hit Colon.
“Officer Reinsch will be out of work and placed on restricted duty pending the outcome of the investigation by the Connecticut State Police and Waterbury State’s Attorney’s Office,” Marino said Thursday.
News 8 spoke with a neighbor who said Reinsch was distraught and tried to save Colon.
“These are unfortunate circumstances, and on behalf of the New Britain Police Department, I offer my sincere condolences to all the family and friends impacted,” the police chief said.
A memorial with candles, flowers and a balloon with heartfelt messages is growing where Colon died. Her friend, Crucita Rivera, told News 8 that she was “a very happy, loving person.”
Rivera is in disbelief that Colon died in the place she walked daily.
“I was just standing with her the other day,” River said. “Really shocked this happened to her. It’s just sad.”
No charges have been filed at this time. Connecticut State Police’s Eastern District Major Crime Squad and Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Squad are now investigating.
The New Britain Police Department said the agency will continue to cooperate with all law enforcement officials overseeing the investigation into the crash. Marino said once the state’s attorney’s investigation is complete, a full administrative review will be conducted by the New Britain Police Department’s Professional Standards Division.
Colon’s family is also asking for donations that will go towards the funeral expenses. Those who would like to donate can go to the family’s GoFundMe page.