A 28-year-old Milford police officer has been charged in a pedestrian’s death on Dixwell Avenue last summer.
Hamden police charged Courtney Bothwell, of North Haven, with negligent homicide with a motor vehicle, failure to exercise due care to avoid colliding with a pedestrian and distracted driving. Police indicated in the charges that the distracted driving charge was not related to cellphone usage.
Bothwell is listed as a patrol officer first class on the Milford Police Department’s staff roster. A website for CrossFit HCC indicated she is also a Level 1 CrossFit certified trainer.
“Officer Bothwell is a Police Officer with our department,” was the only statement provided by Milford police Thursday, Jan. 3. There was no further information regarding whether these charges would impact her standing at the department.
An investigation showed that the crash, on July 20, 2017, happened as 50-year-old Kristin Wilcyznski, of North Haven, was crossing the street and Bothwell was driving south on Dixwell Avenue, merging onto Old Dixwell Avenue, according to Capt. Ronald Smith.
Wilcyznski was hit by a motor vehicle being driven by Bothwell. Wilcyznski was taken to Yale New Haven Hospital, where she died shortly after.
Hamden Police Officer Kevin Hall conducted an extensive investigation, Smith said, which led to an arrest warrant application for Bothwell. The court approved the warrant and she was arrested and charged Wednesday.
Bothwell, who was released on a written promise to appear, is scheduled to appear in Meriden Superior Court on Jan. 14.
After the accident, community members came together to raise money for the Wilczynski family. More than $20,000 was raised through a crowdfunding campaign. Wilczynski was married and had three children.
Staff writer Tara O’Neill contributed to this report.