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Wallingford school employee charged with negligent homicide

Wallingford school employee charged with negligent homicide

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MERIDEN — A Wallingford public schools employee faces a negligent homicide charge after police said she struck and killed a 74-year-old man in Hamden in May.

Rosemary Kaliscak, 69, of Middletown, was charged Wednesday with negligent homicide and failure to exercise reasonable care near a vulnerable user on a public way. 

Kaliscak was also arraigned in Meriden Superior Court on Wednesday. According to statements in court, she has worked for the Wallingford Public School system for 15 years. Court documents state she is a special education paraprofessional.

Wallingford School Superintendent Salvatore Menzo said Wednesday that school officials had just learned of the incident. Menzo confirmed Kaliscak is a paraeducator and said she is on leave while they obtain more information. 

On May 26, around 12:50 p.m., Hamden police responded to the area of 2901 Dixwell Ave. for a report of a motor vehicle accident, according to Kaliscak’s arrest warrant. The incident involved a Chevrolet Equinox, driven by Kaliscak, and a mobility scooter, operated by Robert Sheard, 74.

Sheard died from his injuries. An autopsy listed the cause of death as blunt impact to the head, neck and torso and the manner of death was ruled an accident, the warrant said.

The medical examiner found Sheard had ethanol, hydrocodone and dihydrocodeine/hydrocodol in a blood sample. 

Police obtained video showing Sheard waiting on his scooter at the entrance to the Miller Library, and noted he appears to be waiting for traffic to subside so he could cross Dixwell Avenue, the warrant said. After several vehicles pass, Sheard begins to cross the eastbound lanes toward the westbound lanes. The footage shows the Chevrolet heading west and slowing down just before hitting Sheard. 

Police investigating indicated the section of road was straight with no obstructions that would have impaired Kaliscak’s view of Sheard, the warrant said. 

Kaliscak went to the police station voluntarily at the time of the incident and gave a breath sample, which showed no blood alcohol content, the warrant said. 

“It’s just a terrible situation for everyone involved,” Kaliscak’s attorney Charles Thompson said on Wednesday. 

Police stated in the warrant that Kaliscak “did not exercise reasonable care while driving, causing the death of Robert Sheard.”

The judge released Kaliscak on a promise to appear in court and continued the case to Nov. 20. 

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