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Deadly crash blamed on distracted driving


Police said a woman, who was texting while driving, slammed into a man on a motorcycle in Wolcott, killing him. The tragic accident has left the town in mourning.

Last week, Terry Doyle was driving his motorcycle on Meriden Road when police said a distracted driver, Stephanie Clavell, slammed into the back of his bike. 

Doyle died three days later.

Friends and family members set up a makeshift memorial in the area where the crash happened. There is a sign at the memorial that reads "Texting kills".

Wolcott police said this tragedy was totally avoidable because the driver was texting at the time of the crash.

"She never even hit her breaks or slowed down. An officer witnessed it," said Wolcott Police Chief Edward Stephens. "I saw her cell in hand."

Clavell is cooperating and remorseful, according to authorities. No charges have been filed against her at this time.  

It seems too little too late for the friends and family missing Doyle the most.

"Terry wasn't out for Terry. He cared for everyone, loved people," said Al Dugan, who owns Johnny B's.

Doyle would wrap up work as an electrician every day at 3 p.m. and he'd swing by Johnny B's. He would eat some seafood, relax with friends and watch his favorite TV show.

Dugan added that Doyle never liked seeing people texting and driving.

"He'd see people texting and driving and he'd get so mad about it," Dugan said. "And for this to take Terry's life, it's unbelievable."

Dugan said he would like to see Clavell "do community service, go around to schools and talk to people."

"Texting kills. It does," he said.

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