MERIDEN — A New York woman faces charges after police said she was driving twice the speed limit when she struck a mother and child at a bus stop in 2019.
Jeidy Polanco, 26, of 8423 85th Drive, Wood Haven, New York, was charged by warrant on Monday with reckless driving, failure to maintain minimum insurance and two counts each of third-degree assault and first-degree reckless endangerment.
On Aug. 30, 2019 around 3:52 p.m. police responded to Summer Street and Wood Street for a report of pedestrians stuck by a vehicle. Police discovered a woman and her three-year-old son were under the vehicle after being dragged, according to Polanco’s arrest warrant. The car was lifted off the child and mother by bystanders and firefighters.
The child was taken to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and the mother was taken to Hartford Hospital. Medical records showed the child suffered a bruise on his skull and to his legs and foot. The mother was treated for a mild concussion, facial injuries and cuts
Polanco, the driver of the vehicle, told police she thought a vehicle in front of her was turning right, so she drove around the vehicle on the left. Polanco said another vehicle in front of her started turning in front of her so she “panicked” and struck the mother and child on the sidewalk, the warrant said.
Police reconstructed the crash and determined Polanco was traveling about 50 miles an hour at the time of the crash, the warrant said. The posted speed limit in the area is 25 miles an hour.
Polanco was arraigned in Meriden Superior Court on Monday. She was released on a promise to appear and her case was continued to April 21.