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Conn. woman charged in crash that killed medic

Police say she was drunk and speeding when her car crossed the center line

The Associated Press

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. — West Hartford police have charged a 33-year-old woman with manslaughter and drunken driving in connection with a head-on car crash that killed a paramedic in March.

Authorities say Karen Torres of New Britain had a blood-alcohol content of .212 — more than twice the legal limit — and was driving 55 mph in a 30 mph zone when she crashed into Donavan Alden’s car. She was arrested Thursday and released on a $75,000 bond.

Police say Alden, of Avon, was driving to his job as a paramedic with American Medical Response when the accident happened. He was 32.

A message seeking comment was left Friday at a phone listing for Torres. It’s not clear if she has a lawyer.

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She’s scheduled to appear in Hartford Superior Court on June 5.

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Jim Kerbow Jim Kerbow Saturday, May 31, 2014 3:05:55 PM She'll probably get probation and a "slap on the wrist" fine which she won't pay and then get away with that. She should get a minimum of 5 years in jail (as should any drunk driver involved in an injury-causing acciden

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