HEBRON, Conn. (WTNH) – The parent accused of striking and killing a popular teacher with her car has now been charged in the case.
Math teacher Dawn Mallory was struck and killed outside Rham Middle School back in March. She was hit by a parent who was backing up.
News 8 is now told that parent Elizabeth Everett turned herself in to state police at 1 p.m. on charges of misconduct with a motor vehicle and unsafe backing.
She was processed by police and released on $100,000 bond for an Aug. 12 court appearance.
“I was surprised to hear that,” said Philip Cowit, who lives near the accused. He doesn’t know her well, but knows what happened. “I feel very badly for the teacher and her family. I feel very badly for the neighbor across the street but I realize everybody has to live with this.”
Parents News 8 spoke to describe it as unfortunate.
Rob Parsons, Rham Middle School parent, said, “I know we have to be accountable for our actions, but I feel really bad for her and her family.”
News 8 asked state police why it took four months to make an arrest in the case.
“We take our time. We want to make sure we leave no stone unturned,” said spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance.
Without specific details, Vance says detectives dug into this case and charged Everett with a felony misconduct with a motor vehicle and unsafe backing. “Certainly all drivers have to exercise extreme caution and in this investigation it was deemed the driver violated state law,” Vance said.
Those who know this parking lot for the middle and high school say drop off and pick up can be chaotic. Cowit said, “It’s hard to have 360 degree vision especially if there’s a lot of activity going on. So, I can understand I can sympathize with what happened. I’m sure I’m absolutely sure there was no intent.”
Parsons said, “Sometimes it takes a tragic event of that nature and that caliber for extra methods and extra measures to be put in place to prevent anything like that happening.”