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Driver Found Guilty in Case Involving Skateboarder Killed in West Hartford Crash

West Hartford Police Department. 103 Raymond Road. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

The Office of the State’s Attorney announced this week that a Hartford woman had been found guilty in an incident that occurred West Hartford on April 10, 2020.

By Ronni Newton

A jury found a 56-year-old Hartford woman guilty of evading responsibility resulting in the death of a person on Wednesday – charges related to an incident that occurred on Albany Avenue in West Hartford on April 10, 2020.

According to a news release from the Office of the State’s Attorney, Sharon Esson of Hartford, who worked as a nurse at St. Mary Home in West Hartford, told police that she had been driving home from work at night when she struck an “object,” and according to the news release, “evidence was presented showing that Esson knew she had hit something, yet she failed to verify what the object was that she had hit, and therefore failed to provide assistance to the victim.”

Esson continued driving home, the news release stated.

That “object” Esson hit was a person, Isaac Alvarez, 19, who had been skateboarding home from his job at McDonald’s in Bishops Corner.

Alvarez’s body was found on the side of the road by a runner just after 7 a.m. on the morning of Friday, April 10, and West Hartford Police said at the time that he appeared to have been the victim of a hit and run crash.

Police also found debris at the scene, and that evidence along with street camera footage was used to connect Esson to the fatal crash.

Hartford State’s Attorney Sharmese L. Walcott announced the verdict and said that sentencing is scheduled for July 28, 2023.

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