Woman Charged After Hitting, Killing Stamford Resident

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    Stamford Police
    Natalie Gainer has been charged with negligent homicide in connection with a crash that killed a woman in Stamford.

    Stamford police have arrested a woman accused of crashing into a 58-year-old woman who later died.

    Police said Natalie Gainer was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe, making a left turn off Summer Street around 12:45 p.m.on Monday, July 21, when she hit Janice Pielert, of Stamford, according to police.

    Pielert, who was walking in the crosswalk on Summer Street at Hoyt Street, became trapped under the Tahoe and had to be extricated, police said. She was taken to Stamford Hospital where she died, police said. 

    Gainer was also transported to the Stamford Hospital, where she was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

    Police obtained a warrant for Gainer on Friday and she turned herself in at the Stamford Police Department.

    She was charged with negligent homicide with a motor vehicle, failure to grant right of way to pedestrians in a crosswalk and obstructed view. 

    "It's a devastating tragedy for which Natalie is deeply sorry, as she offers her thoughts and prayers to the victim's family.  We will take a close look at the forensics over the next few weeks to see whether this was truly an accident or if the conduct justifies this homicide charge," Attorney mark Sherman said in a statement released on Gainer's behalf.

    She was released on a promise to appear and is due in court on Sept. 19.