Warrant: Driver talking on cell phone at time of fatal crash in Meriden

Warrant: Driver talking on cell phone at time of fatal crash in Meriden



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MERIDEN — A Bristol woman charged in a fatal motorcycle crash on Old Colony Road last year was using her cell phone at the time of the collision, according to court documents.

Jasmin Luna, 30, of 10 Pinebrook Terrace, was charged on Nov. 10, 2017 with misconduct with a motor vehicle, third-degree assault, no insurance, improper turn and using a handheld device while driving. She pleaded not guilty to the charges in March. 

On May 20, 2017 about 4:30 p.m., police responded to the area of 800 Old Colony Road for a report of a crash involving a car and motorcycle. Police determined Luna, who was driving a Nissan, was turning left from Old Colony Road into Turner Hall when she struck a motorcycle traveling in the opposite direction on Old Colony Road, according to her arrest warrant.

The driver of the motorcycle, Kevin Tardiff, and the passenger, Kathryn Caponigro, were taken to Hartford Hospital by Life Star helicopter.

Tardiff died from his injuries on June 3. Caponigro suffered a traumatic brain injury, the warrant said. 

Luna admitted seeing the motorcycle headed north as she turned and a witness told police she saw Luna on her cell phone at the time of the crash. Police said cell phone records showed that Luna was on her phone when she struck the motorcycle, the warrant said.

Luna’s insurance was also expired.

Luna is currently free on $10,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Meriden Superior Court on Oct. 26. 


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