Norwich man now faces manslaughter charges in Jewett City hit-and-run crash

May 1—GRISWOLD — A Norwich man faces second-degree manslaughter and different charges stemming from a Sept. 22 hit-and-run crash that killed a 50-year-old lady on North Main Street in Jewett City.

State police charged Curt Rivard, Jr., 34, who was in custody on the time of his arrest Tuesday, with second-degree manslaughter, first-degree reckless endangerment, touring unreasonably quick, failure to drive in the correct lane and failure to train due care to keep away from a pedestrian.

He was introduced in Norwich Superior Court on Tuesday and is being held on a $100,000 bond on these charges. His subsequent courtroom date is May 30 in Norwich Superior Court.

Police stated the crash occurred on North Main Street in Jewett City at 7:50 p.m., when a black Subaru WRX struck and killed Kandi Fortuna as she was crossing the road. The car fled the scene.

The car, pushed by Rivard, was noticed two hours later by Stonington police and was arrested on the unique charges.

Rivard, who has a prolonged prison document on unrelated circumstances, initially was charged the day of the Jewett City crash with evading accountability ensuing in demise and driving drunk or medication. He was held on a $500,000 bond on the time.

Rivard was on probation on the time of the deadly crash after being discovered responsible in December 2022 of disorderly conduct stemming from an incident in Groton, judicial data confirmed.

State police obtained an arrest warrant for Rivard on the extra charges following a prolonged investigation into the crash.

In 2007, Rivard pleaded responsible at age 18 to setting the previous Griswold Town Hall on fireplace and was sentenced to 6 years in jail. A yr earlier, he additionally pleaded responsible to vandalizing a close-by flea market.

While in jail, Rivard confronted disciplinary motion for quite a few violations, together with a number of assaults on state Department of Correction workers, based on courtroom data.

He has quite a few different current convictions in a number of judicial jurisdictions, together with Danielson, Norwich and New London, for charges together with threatening, breach of peace, interfering with an officer and weapon possession.

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