Woman Charged With Manslaughter, Accused of Texting While Driving in Fatal Crash

Police said Stephanie Clavell was texting while driving when she slammed into a motorcycle rider in Wolcott.

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Wolcott Police

A woman Wolcott police said was texting while driving when she hit and killed a motorcycle rider last month has been charged with manslaughter.

Stephanie Clavell turned herself in Monday morning.

Clavell was behind the wheel of her Subaru on June 25, when she slammed into Terrence Doyle as he was stopped at traffic light on Meriden Road in Wolcott, police said. Clavell was texting at the time of the crash, according to police.

The force of the crash sent Doyle's motorcycle into the vehicle in front of him, and he was then thrown backwards into Clavell's windshield. Doyle died three days later.

Clavell is charged with second-degree manslaughter, operating a motor vehicle while using a hand-held device and operating an unregistered motor vehicle. She was held on $25,000 bond after appearing in court on Monday.

Clavell, who is a health care worker, has no prior record.

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