Killingworth teen driver charged in fatal crash

Intersection of Routes 81 and 148 in Killingworth (WTNH)


KILLINGWORTH, Conn. (WTNH) — A Killingworth teenager is facing multiple charges, including negligent homicide, in a crash that killed a motorcyclist on Route 81 in May of 2015.

Police say 17-year-old Kathryn Hausherr, of Killingworth, turned herself in on an arrest warrant back on March 17th, but police did not release that information until Friday. Hausherr was charged with negligent homicide, assault, failure to maintain an established lane, operating an unregistered vehicle, and violation of passenger restrictions.

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The arrest comes after a lengthy investigation into a motor vehicle accident on May 17th, 2015. On that date, two motorcyclists were traveling with a group of other bikers on Route 81 just north of the intersection of Route 148. At the same time, an SUV being driven by Hausherr was heading southbound on Route 81. According to State Police, a head-on collision occurred between the SUV and the two motorcycles.

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As a result of the collision, both riders were ejected from their motorcycles. Troopers said one of the riders, 47-year-old Karen Minutella, of Bayonne New Jersey, was pronounced dead at the scene. The other rider, 47-year-old John Healey, also of Bayonne New Jersey, sustained serious injuries. State Police said Hausherr and her passengers in the SUV were not injured.

Hausherr was released on a promise to appear, and was presented at Middlesex Superior Court on Wednesday. She is due back in court in June.

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