A New Britain mother was charged with driving under the influence after police said she hit a 15-year-old, who suffered life-threatening injuries, with her car early Sunday morning.
Besides DUI, police charged 24-year-old Natalie Marie Torres with two counts of risk of injury to a minor and one count of using a handheld electronic mobile device.
The arrest of Torres comes after police said she hit the teenager, identified as 15-year-old Jose Alejandro, who was riding a bicycle near the intersection of Corbin Avenue and Lincoln Street around 1:30 a.m.
"They were crossing the street when the lady struck him and I guess he flew up in the air and tried to grab onto the windshield so he wouldn't fall, but eventually he let go," said Jose's mother Precious Pavone.
The teen was taken by Life Star helicopter to a local hospital for treatment, police said.
Torres' blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit.
Police said Torres' two-year-old and three-year-old children were in the vehicle at the time of the crash. Police said the children did not report any injuries and had been placed with a relative.
Jose is a ninth grader at a New Britain High School, and family members say he loves sports. Now they’re worried about his future quality of life.
“I'm going to be the one nursing him back. Teaching him how to read and write. What is she going to do, maybe 5 years? I want her to get the max penalty she can have done to her,” said Travis Cormier, Jose's stepfather
Court records reveal Torres has felony charges pending charges against her for robbery and for assault of an elderly person
Outside the courthouse, Jose’s mother said she had this message for Torres, saying “This is what you did to my son. I want to show her a picture. This is what you did to him. He is only 15 years old.”
Torres is being held on $500,000 bond and has strict instructions of no driving. She is expected to be in court on July 17.
The New Britain Police Department’s Traffic Safety Bureau is investigating the crash. Anyone with any information is asked to call the New Britain Police Department at 860-826-3071.
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