NEW BRITAIN - The woman accused of striking a 15-year-old on his bicycle while driving drunk Sunday was free on bond for a pending assault case, court papers show.
Natalie Torres, 23, of 616 Allen St., allegedly struck the teen at around 1:30 a.m. Sunday as she was driving with a GPS in her hand and her two young children, ages two and three, in the back seat. A breath test done at the police department about two hours after the crash indicated she was at more than twice the legal limit for consuming alcohol and driving.
She was charged with operating under the influence, risk of injury and illegally using a hand-held device while driving.
The teen, Jose Alejandro, 15, of New Britain, is in a medically induced coma to allow the swelling on his brain to heal. He is breathing on his own and is aware of people in the room, his family said Tuesday.
Torres was free on $50,000 bond for an assault case when the accident occurred, court officials said. She is accused of attacking a pregnant woman to steal the victim’s cell phone in November 2015, according to a police report. The victim told police that Torres and two other people who participated in the attack knew she was pregnant when the assault occurred.
The victim had injuries to her face, back, arms and legs after the attack, police said. Officers who were investigating the robbery and the attack went to Torres’ apartment and could hear the people inside discussing how they held the victim so she couldn’t get away, the report said.
When police knocked on the door, no one answered for several minutes. When Torres did finally answer, she said no one else was in the apartment and that she hadn’t taken part in a robbery, police said. Two other people were found hiding on the roof of the building and Torres was uncooperative with officers and at the police station when she was charged with the robbery, the report said.
Torres is facing first-degree assault on a pregnant person, second-degree robbery and conspiracy charges in connection with the November 2015 incident.
New Britain Superior Court Judge Joan Alexander opted to hold Torres on $500,000 bond following her arraignment Monday on the drunken driving charge.
Lisa Backus can be reached at 860-801-5066 or Lbackus@centralctcommunications.com.