Woman Charged in Crash That Killed Paramedic

Police said she was drunk and speeding.

A New Britain woman has been arrested in connection with a crash that killed a paramedic in West Hartford in March.

Karen Torres’ blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit at the time of the crash and she was driving at least 25 miles over the speed limit, according to a news release from police.

The paramedic, Donavan Alden, 32, of Avon, was on his way to work at AMR when Torres hit his car, head-on at 6:44 p.m. on Sunday, March 30, according to police.

Police said Torres, 33, of New Britain, crossed the double lines under the railroad bridge, going at least 55 miles per hour in a 30-mile-per-hour zone, just east of New Park Avenue, and hit Alden’s car.
She was severely injured and was treated at Hartford Hospital.

She was charged with second-degree manslaughter, second-degree assault, DWI, reckless driving, traveling unreasonably fast, and failure to drive in a proper lane.

Police said Torres is still recovering from her injuries. She was released on a $75,000 non-surety bond and was brought back to a rehabilitation facility.

Torres is scheduled to appear in court on June 5

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