WESTPORT, Conn. The driver of the car that struck and killed Westport resident Sharon Broecking on Dec. 21 as she was crossing Post Road East at Westfair Drive will not be charged, Westport Police Lt. Arthur Belile reported Friday.
Following a six-month investigation by the Westport Police Crash Investigation Team , police filed an arrest warrant for the driver, Debra Hazan, 48, of Weston. The charge in the warrant was for negligent homicide with a motor vehicle. The warrant was denied by Norwalk Superior Court.
During the investigation, police determined speeding was not a factor in the accident , which happened shortly after 7 p.m. Broecking , 62, was in the crosswalk, which investigators determined was sufficiently lit and marked. The car's headlights were also on, Belile said.
Investigators also evaluated the area surrounding the crosswalk and determined there was additional ambient lighting from businesses. The road itself was examined and found to be generally flat and straight with a clear line of sight, Belile said.
A search warrant completed for Hazan's cell phone records showed no incoming or outgoing phone calls, text messages or any other use at the time of the accident. The team's findings were reviewed by an independent crash investigation team. Physical evidence and the accident scene were also re-evaluated before the warrant was filed.
In reviewing the photos of the scene and considering the dark clothing Broecking was wearing, the court determined there was no way to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Hazan acted negligently. No further charges will be filed in the case.
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