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Police: Shelton Woman Was Driving Drunk, Using Cellphone In Fatal Crash

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SHELTON, Conn. -- A 23-year-old Shelton woman charged with manslaughter was driving drunk and using her cellphone when she crossed over the yellow line on River Road and slammed into a car driven by a 69-year-old woman, killing her, police said.

Samantha Monaco turned herself in to police on an arrest warrant on Wednesday, Aug. 11. She was charged with second-degree manslaughter with a motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence, using a hand held cellphone while operating a motor vehicle, and failure to drive right.

The head-on collision occurred at 1:30 p.m. May 6 in front of the Sports Center of Connecticut, as reported in the Daily Voice .

Police determined during the investigation that Monaco was under the influence and was on her cellphone at the time of the accident. Police also said Monaco crossed over into southbound lane of traffic, causing the head-on collision and killing Rosemarie Dwyer.

Monaco was released on $25,000 bond and was given a court date of Aug. 25 at Superior Court in Derby.

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