Plainville teen charged in fatal car accident

Published on Friday, 3 November 2017 16:34
Written by JUSTIN MUSZYNSKI

STAFF WRITER

PLAINVILLE - A local teen has been charged in connection with a fatal car accident.

Jared Boucher, 18, of 7 Unionville Ave., was arrested Friday on charges of misconduct with a motor vehicle, reckless driving and first-degree reckless endangerment.

According to the arrest warrant, Boucher was involved in a two-car crash on July 22, at about 11:04 p.m. As a result of the accident, 17-year-old Ellington resident Olivia Wentworth was killed.

According to the warrant, investigators found no evidence suggesting Boucher was under the influence, texting or otherwise distracted. Police allege he was going more than 47 mph - in a 35 mph zone - when his Dodge Dakota, traveling north on Queen Street, approached the intersection of East Street and Town Line Road.

Wentworth, police said, was the passenger in a Volkswagen Rabbit that was headed east on Town Line Road. The vehicle was being driven by a juvenile teen who has not been identified. At the time of the accident, the traffic signals were in flash mode - meaning the light controlling the Rabbit’s direction of travel was flashing red, while the light controlling Boucher’s direction was flashing yellow.

Just prior to the crash, the warrant said, the Rabbit did not come to a complete stop at the light, but proceeded slowly into the intersection. A BMW X5, which was being driven by a friend of Boucher who was traveling with him, nearly hit the Rabbit in the intersection, swerving to narrowly avoid a collision. The Volkswagen driver, police said in the warrant, applied the brakes momentarily before Boucher hit his brakes, but couldn’t avoid striking the passenger side of the Rabbit.

Police allege Boucher and the BMW were going very fast just prior to the accident.

Wentworth was taken to Hartford Hospital after the crash, where she was pronounced dead. The driver of the Volkswagen was also taken to the hospital for a broken clavicle and other injuries. A passenger in Boucher’s car had to go to the hospital for a broken wrist.

During Boucher’s arraignment Friday in Bristol Superior Court, Ronald Dearstyne, the prosecutor, described the whole situation as being “sad.”

“This is a lose-lose here for everybody,” Dearstyne said.

The prosecutor acknowledged that Boucher is probably a good person whose life will be deeply affected by this tragedy. However, he also said the 18-year-old will likely face jail time, as his “goofing off” before the accident resulted in a young girl losing her life.

Peter Matthews, a public defender representing Boucher during the arraignment, said the teen has a full-time job and is planning on attending college soon. He also said he has had no prior involvement with the criminal justice system.

Boucher posted $15,000 bond following the hearing. He has been ordered not to drive unless it is to or from his place of employment. He also will be subject to electronic monitoring, with a curfew after work.

Boucher did not enter a plea Friday. He is scheduled to appear on Nov. 21 in New Britain Superior Court - where the case has been transferred.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or at jmuszynski@centralctcommunications.com.



Posted in New Britain Herald, General News, Plainville on Friday, 3 November 2017 16:34. Updated: Friday, 3 November 2017 16:37.