Enfield Teacher Charged in Crash That Killed Pedestrian in Newington

A fifth-grade teacher accused of running a red light and killing a pedestrian in Newington has been charged with negligent homicide and failing to obey a traffic signal.

Newington police on Wednesday disclosed they arrested 26-year-old Alyssa Santos on July 21. She was scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in New Britain Superior Court, but the case was continued to Aug. 23.

Authorities say Santos struck 63-year-old Walter Arnett of Newington on Cedar Street in February. He died about two weeks later. Police say Arnett was intoxicated and entered the crosswalk before the pedestrian signal indicated it was OK to cross, and Santos tested negative for alcohol and drugs.

Santos teaches at Prudence Crandall Elementary School in Enfield and lives in Newington.

Santos' lawyer didn't immediately return a phone message Thursday.

She was released on a $10,000 non-surety bond and is due in court on Aug. 4.

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