19-year-old driver charged with DUI after New London crash

(Image: New London Police Department)
(Image: New London Police Department)


NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH) — A 19-year-old Connecticut College student was arrested and charged with driving under the influence on Tuesday morning, after colliding with and seriously injuring a scooter driver on Route 32.

New London Police Captain LJ Keating says that Sophia Thelman, a Connecticut College student from Rye Brook in New York, was charged with driving under the influence early Tuesday morning. While the details of the crash are still under investigation, Thelman is said to have been involved in an accident while driving her car on Route 32, just over the New London line from Quaker Hill.

New London police say they responded to the southbound side of Route 32 at Benham Avenue around 12:20 a.m., after dispatchers received a report of a car versus a scooter accident with injuries.

The scooter driver with whom Thelman collided sustained serious/critical injuries, police say. A LifeStar helicopter was requested for transport, but had to be canceled due to the inclement weather in the area. The scooter driver was, instead, driven by ambulance to Lawrence+Memorial Hospital, and then to Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Route 32 at Benham Street was closed and detours were put into place until around 5:30 a.m. as detectives and members of the accident reconstruction team investigated.

Thelman is being held on a $10,000 non-surety bond. If she is released overnight, she will appear on December 6, but otherwise, Captain Keating says she will be presented on Tuesday.

If you witnessed this accident or have any relevant information, you are asked to call the New London Police Department at (860) 447-5269, or the detective bureau at (860) 447-1481.

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