MERIDEN — A judge ended a local woman’s probation on Wednesday after she served one year of a total three-year term. The woman was convicted of negligent homicide in the 2016 death of a six-year-old.
Lexsis Walters, 25, of 44 Sophia Court, pleaded no contest on Feb. 21, 2019 to negligent homicide with a motor vehicle and two counts of first-degree reckless endangerment.
Police determined that the six-year-old passenger was not wearing a seatbelt when Walters lost control of a truck she was driving on Interstate 91 in North Haven. The child was thrown from the vehicle and died in the hospital three days later.
Walters received a suspended prison sentence of 2½ years and 3 years’ probation for all of the charges. For the negligent homicide charge the sentence was six months suspended and two years’ probation.
According to statements in court on Wednesday, the office of adult probation recommended early termination of Walters’ probation, but the state’s attorney’s office objected because the case involved a death.
An attorney representing Walters said the charges in the case were all substituted down to misdemeanors and noted she has served about half probationary period of the negligent homicide charge.
The attorney said Walters has started her own business, is receiving therapy and is active with her church. A relative spoke about Walters’ character, also noting the positive impacts she has had on other people’s lives.
Judge Gerald Harmon terminated the remaining probationary period, citing Walters’ positive steps and noting that she is giving back to her community.
Seatbelt not working
On Christmas Day 2016, Walters was driving on Interstate 91 south near exit 12 when she lost control of the pickup truck she was operating. The truck flipped twice, crossed the median of the highway and came to a stop on the northbound side, according to her arrest warrant.
In addition to the six-year-old passenger, a second child suffered minor injuries in the crash, and a third child was not injured. Walters told police one seatbelt was not working and she instructed the two other children to hold onto the unsecured six-year-old, the warrant said.