CHESHIRE — A Naugatuck woman has been charged with negligent homicide after police said she struck a motorcycle on Highland Avenue last year, killing the operator.
Christine Parrott-McCarthy, 53, of 26 Simsbury Road, Naugatuck, was charged Tuesday with negligent homicide with a motor vehicle, interfering with police and improper turn. After her arraignment in Meriden Superior Court on Wednesday, she was released on $5,000 bond.
On May 18, 2017, a Mazda that Parrot-McCarthy was driving collided with a motorcycle on Highland Avenue, near the entrance ramp to Interstate 691, according to her arrest warrant. Jeffrey Desiderio, the driver of the motorcycle, suffered a severe head injury and died at St. Mary’s Hospital days later. His wife, Susan Desiderio, suffered a severe injury to her right leg.
Police investigated and determined Parrott-McCarthy, who was driving south on Highland Avenue, was making a left turn onto the I-691 west ramp, the warrant said. Jeffrey Desiderio was traveling north on Highland Avenue and proceeded through a green light in the intersection, where the Mazda and motorcycle collided.
Police spoke with witnesses who confirmed there was a green light for northbound traffic, the warrant said. A witness told police she saw the Mazda cross in front of the motorcycle, the warrant said.
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