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Negligent homicide conviction for Stamford pedestrian death

September 27, 2018

STAMFORD — A city man on trial for a fatal accident involving a high school student was convicted Thursday of a misdemeanor charge of negligent homicide with a motor vehicle.

Wilson Villa-Cabrera, 39, did not comment as he left the fourth-floor courtroom where he was found guilty.

Villa-Cabrera was facing a felony charge of misconduct of a motor vehicle in the death of Karina Tinajero-Arreguin, 18, but was found not guilty of the more serious offense by Judge Richard Comerford.

Comerford said the state did not present enough evidence to find him guilty of the misconduct charge. Villa-Cabrera now faces up to a year in jail for the negligent homicide charge and is scheduled for sentencing on Dec. 4.

Villa-Cabrera’s attorney, Rob Serafinowicz, said he was pleased by Comerford’s decision.

Tinajero-Arreguin, a student at Stamford High, walked across Strawberry Hill Avenue on her way to talk the SAT exam when she was struck by Villa-Cabrera’s work van in November 2016. Her brother and father, who attended the trial, declined comment as they left the courtroom Thursday morning.

During the bench trial, Stamford police crash investigator Jeffrey Booth told Comerford he determined Villa-Cabrera should have seen Tinajero-Arreguin from more than 400 feet up the street from where she was standing on the double-yellow line on the clear morning.

Booth also said a measurement of the road showed the distance between the double-yellow line and the curb was 22 feet, indicating there was more than enough room for Villa-Cabrera to pass safely and avoid the accident.

jnickerson@stamfordadvocate.com

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