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Audit on Hartford's take-home vehicle policy released

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

A new audit on the city of Hartford's take-home vehicle policy reveals major flaws and problems.

In the past few months, there have been three crashes involving city-owned vehicles.

The most recent crash involved Saundra Kee-Borges, who was Hartford's chief operating officer, until recently.

Kee-Borges and her fiance, Hartford Deputy Fire Chief Terry Waller, were hit by another driver during the early morning hours of Sept. 28.

Waller, who was driving the vehicle, was traveling through a green traffic control signal when the car was struck by a vehicle driven by 30-year-old Edwin Rodriguez, who was later charged in the crash.

The crash raised questions about the city's take-home vehicle policy. City officials originally said Waller was authorized to drive the vehicle.

The Hartford Internal Auditors released a review of the take-home vehicle policy Thursday in which it stated "the current process of accounting for and controlling city vehicles is ineffective, inefficient, and prone to errors."

On Thursday, Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra's office released a statement on the audit report.

"The Mayor appreciates the work the Audit Commission has done and will continue making progress in reducing the number of city vehicles without compromising public safety," the statement said.

Segarra has cut the fleet of city-owned vehicles from 73 to 45.

To read the full final report on the City of Hartford Vehicle Inventory, Assignment and Use Audit, click here.

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