Woman arrested in crash that killed paramedic

Karen Torres of New Britain faces multiple charges related to a crash that killed a paramedic in March. (Photo: West Hartford police)

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – Police say a New Britain woman was driving with a blood alcohol content nearly three times the legal limit when she slammed head-on into another vehicle driven by a paramedic who was killed in the crash.

Thirty-three-year-old Karen Torres was arrested Thursday and charged with second-degree manslaughter, second-degree assault and DWI, among other charges.

Donavan Alden, an AMR paramedic, was on his way to work March 30 when police said Torres crossed the double yellow line and hit Alden’s Mini Cooper on New Britain Avenue in West Hartford. Alden was 32.

Police said Thursday that Torres had a blood alcohol content of .212. The legal limit is 0.08. Police also said Torres was traveling “at a minimum of 55 mph upon impact” in a 30 mph zone.

Torres faces additional charges of reckless driving, traveling unreasonably fast and failure to drive in a proper lane. She posted $75,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court June 5.

Update: In a statement police explained why Torres was released on bond:

Ms. Torres is still recovering from significant injuries sustained in the crash. She is under care at a rehabilitation facility where she was arrested. Ms. Torres was processed and released on the $75,000 non-surety bond and she was returned to the facility.

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