Case continued for off-duty Milford police officer charged with fatally striking pedestrian
A Milford police officer charged with hitting a North Haven woman with her Nissan Pathfinder last summer in Hamden was arraigned Monday, Jan. 15, and had her case continued.
Courtney Bothwell, 28, was arraigned in Superior Court in Meriden and had her case continued to Feb. 20. She was arrested Jan. 2 and charged with negligent homicide, failure to exercise due care to avoid colliding with a pedestrian and distracted driving after hitting Kristin Wilczynski while driving her sport-utility vehicle on July 20, 2018.
Wilczynski was using a crosswalk on Dixwell Avenue near the Hamden police station when she was hit, according to police.
Bothwell told police the incident occurred when she looked away from the road to grab a puppy that was riding with her in the vehicle, according to the arrest warrant police in the case.
Bothwell was not on duty at the time of the incident, police said.
Police found the sport-utility vehicle stopped near the scene of the collision . Bothwell was pacing back and forth and looked visibly shaken, according to the arrest warrant in the case.
Officer Kevin Hall asked Bothwell whether she was OK and she responded, “Physically, yes.”
There was no evidence of her being under the influence of drugs or alcohol, Hall said in the warrant.
Witnesses told police Bothwell’s vehicle appeared to going faster than the posted 35 mph speed limit. It also was determined Bothwell never applied the brakes before the right-front side of the Pathfinder hit Wilczynski at the intersection of Dixwell and Old Dixwell avenues, according to the warrant.
A forensic analysis of security videos that captured images of Wilczynski being hit by the vehicle was unable determine how fast Bothwell’s Nissan was traveling at the time , police said.
Wilczynski was married and had three children. After her death, community members came together to raise money for the Wilczynski family. More than $20,000 was raised through a crowdfunding campaign.