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Woman accused in deadly texting crash appears in court

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The following photo of Stephanie Clavell was provided by the Wolcott Police Department. The following photo of Stephanie Clavell was provided by the Wolcott Police Department.

A Waterbury woman bonded out Monday after being accused of causing a deadly crash while she was texting.

Police said Stephanie Clavell, 24, turned herself in to police Monday morning after learning of a warrant that was issued for her arrest.

According to police, Clavell was driving the vehicle that hit Terrence Doyle, who had been on his motorcycle, stopped at a traffic light on Meriden Road in Wolcott last month.

Doyle, who wasn't wearing a helmet, was thrown from his bike. He suffered a serious brain injury and one of his legs was partially amputated. 

Doyle died three days later.

According to the arrest warrant, an officer, who witnessed the crash and rushed right over to help the victim, never saw the driver apply her brakes or slow down.

"She had been adjusting her mirrors and did not see the motorcycle," Clavell told police, according to court documents. 

According to the court documents, the officer said Clavell "then began checking a web page on her cell phone and that she had been checking it approximately two to three seconds when she felt the impact of her vehicle colliding with something."

Clavell was charged with second-degree manslaughter, operating a motor vehicle while using a hand-held device and operating an unregistered vehicle.

Doyle was a regular at Johnny B's in Wolcott and had many friends there.

"He was basically a father to me. He was one of my best friends, did anything and everything for me," said Jennifer Gray, who tends bar at Johnny B's. "It's been really, really tough."

Gray told Eyewitness News she has faith in the judicial system and agrees with his wife's wishes. 

"I'd love to see something good come of this," she said.

A local printer is working on a permanent sign for Doyle's memorial, at no cost to his wife. A memorial benefit is planned for Doyle at Johnny B's on July 20.

In court Monday Clavell's attorney asked the judge to lower her bond to $5,000 because his client's prior clean record and the fact she works full-time in the healthcare field and has a young child.

That request was denied and she was released on $25,000 bond.

Clavell is due back in court on July 22.

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