Teacher faces arraignment in fatal pedestrian accident

Alyssa Santos (Photo provided by the Newington Police Dept.)

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — A fifth-grade teacher in Connecticut accused of running a red light and killing a pedestrian in her hometown of Newington is facing her first court appearance in the case.

Alyssa Santos is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in New Britain Superior Court on charges of negligent homicide with a motor vehicle and failing to obey a traffic signal.

Authorities say Santos struck 63-year-old Walter Arnett, of Newington, on Cedar Street in February. He died about two weeks later.

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Police say Arnett was intoxicated and entered the crosswalk before the pedestrian signal indicated it was OK to cross. Santos tested negative for alcohol and drugs. Newington police arrested Santos on July 21.

Santos teaches at Prudence Crandall Elementary School in Enfield.

Santos’ lawyer has not returned messages seeking comment.

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