An arrest has been made in the fatal motor vehicle crash that happened at the end of November. Melissa Maddaloni, 23, of Cheshire was traveling north on Willis Street on Nov. 30 when the brakes on her vehicle failed as she traveled down the steep hill, a press release said. She entered the intersection of South Street, without stopping for the stop sign, and struck a second vehicle. The second vehicle had been traveling east on South Street and was operated by 66-year-old Gerard Nadeau of Terryville. Nadeau was treated for minor injuries however his passenger, 90-year-old Wanda Belisle, died as a result of injuries from the crash.
After an investigation, a press release said Maddaloni was arrested “after determining she was criminally negligent in the operation of her vehicle and responsible for Belisle’s death.” She was charged with second degree manslaughter, misconduct with a motor vehicle, operating with a suspended driver’s license, defective brakes and failure to obey for a stop sign.
Maddaloni was release on a $50,000 court set surety bond and is expected to appear in Bristol Superior Court on Tuesday, Feb. 19.
According to the release, “the investigation determined that Maddaloni failed to maintain her vehicles’ brakes in good working order, had knowingly operated her vehicle with defective equipment, and she failed to perceive the risk of traveling down a steep hill without a proper braking system on her vehicle.”
The release also said Maddaloni was traveling 66 miles per hour when it broadsided the second vehicle, and she should not have been operating a vehicle since her driver’s license was suspended.