The Hebron mom accused of hitting and killing RHAM Middle School teacher Dawn Mallory after dropping off her son at school in March was drinking before the crash, according to court documents obtained Tuesday.
Elizabeth Everett, 50, has been charged with felony misconduct with a motor vehicle and unsafe backing. A trooper at the scene smelled alcohol on her breath, and toxicology results revealed her BAC to be .07, just shy of the .08 legal limit, according to the affidavit.
Police said she accidentally drove into the bus lane after dropping off her son at the high school on March 14, then realized her mistake and attempted to back out. That’s when she struck 65-year-old Dawn Mallory, a seventh-grade math teacher.
According to the affidavit, Everett’s car was traveling at least 14 mph at the time of the crash. Investigators found there were no mechanical problems with her car, which had a working backup camera.
Everett, who works as a consultant for Aetna in Hartford, told police she was looking over her shoulder when she heard the impact, then got out and saw Mallory bleeding on the ground, the affidavit says.
Mallory was taken off life support March 28 and died of head injuries sustained during the crash, the affidavit says.
Her family plans to sue the town of Hebron, claiming the parking lot was dangerous.
The town has since added speed bumps and altered traffic patterns to make the area safer and continues working to improve the campus parking lot. Further changes are expected before the start of the school year.
Everett was charged late last month. She did not appear before the judge during court proceedings Tuesday and left the courthouse undetected. Her case has been continued to Aug. 28.