Suspect to serve 6 months in jail for distracted driving death - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Suspect to serve 6 months in jail for distracted driving death


A former state police dispatcher was sentenced Wednesday after he hit and killed a woman while he was using his cell phone.

Police said Angel Rodriguez, of Manchester, hit and killed Tanya Cheverier of Windsor, who was riding her motorcycle on the Interstate 291 bridge near the Windsor/South Windsor border in 2010.

Rodriguez was reading a text while driving and crashed into the back of Cheverier's motorcycle, police said.

Cheverier died at the scene, and it left her 11-year-old son without his mom.

At Enfield Superior Court Wednesday, Rodriguez was sentenced to three years in jail, suspended after six months.

After the sentencing, Rodriguez's family did not speak to Eyewitness News; however, Cheverier's family did.

"I don't really know what I wished for today," said Cheverier's sister, Tricia Ofsuryk. "But, I'm glad it's done."

Al Cheverier, who is the father of Tanya Cheverier, and Ofsuryk admitted they were torn if Rodriguez, who is a father of three, deserved jail time.

"There needs to be a serious message out there about it," Ofsuryk said.

A year ago, Al Cheverier's wife, Kathleen, passed away from cancer, which leaves him to raise his grandson on his own.

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