City Employee Fired After Crashing City-Issued Vehicle

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    Rhonda Moniz-Carroll was fired Monday after she crashed her city-issued vehicle into another car on Saturday. Moniz-Carroll was charged with DUI.

    A Hartford public works employee has been fired after being arrested for crashing in her city car while reportedly driving drunk.

    Rhonda Moniz-Carroll was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated and failure to travel in the proper lane after colliding with another vehicle Saturday night.

    Mayor Pedro Segarra fired Carroll on Monday.

    Police said that Carroll's city vehicle, a white Ford Escape, was heading southbound on Prospect Avenue when it drifted into the wrong lane, hitting a dark-colored Nissan Altima head on at around 9:30 p.m.

    The female driver of the Altima, identified by her family as Caitlyn Greenabum,  was unconscious when emergency crews arrived.

    First responders had to extricate the driver from her vehicle. She was taken to St. Francis Hospital for treatment of bumps, bruises, scrapes and several lacerations.

    Carroll refused medical treatment.

    "Ms. Carroll has worked for the City of Hartford for many years and her dedication and hard work is appreciated. Her recent behavior, however, shows a lack of judgment incompatible with her job and my expectations for any employee of the City," Segarra said in a statement. 

    Accident investigators were on scene to determine exactly what happened. No other passengers were in either car, said police.

    Carroll, who worked for Hartford since 1997, was earning $101,833.16 per year, according to Mayor Segarra.

    The city of Hartford is currently doing an audit of all its cars.

    In July,  the Mayor’s former Chief of Staff, Jared Kupiec, was arrested for using his old city vehicle without permission after he resigned.

    Last month, Andrew T. Jaffee, the director of emergency services for the city of Hartford, who was fired over several problems with how 911 dispatched emergency officials in the city, was also questioned for his use of his city vehicle.