Woman charged with felony after death of elderly pedestrian she hit
Updated 2:56 pm, Thursday, February 19, 2015
A Riverside Drive woman has been charged with a felony after the 89-year-old pedestrian she hit in December died Saturday.
Martin Monahan was crossing Burroughs Road around 9:45 a.m. Dec. 6, en route to McDonald's for his birthday breakfast, when he was struck by a car driven by Denise Purzycki, 61.
Purzycki was traveling west on Burroughs Road and crossed through the Black Rock Turnpike intersection when she struck Monahan, who police said was about 4 feet from reaching the sidewalk on the other side.
Police said the traffic light on Burroughs was red when Monahan began crossing, but turned green before he got to the other side.
Purzycki did not stop after she struck Monahan and had to be chased by a witness, according to the report. The witness in another car followed Purzycki, blowing the car's horn, until she pulled over near Judd Street.
Purzycki told officers that she thought she hit the curb, according to the report.
Police charged Purzycki with "evading responsibility which causes serious, physical injury or death," a felony, and also "failure to render due care to a pedestrian." She was taken into custody at her home around 12:45 p.m. Wednesday.
She was released after posting $25,000 bond and is scheduled to appear March 3 at state Superior Court in Bridgeport.
According to Monahan's obituary, he was born in Ireland and immigrated to Bridgeport in 1950. He was a U.S. Army veteran who served during the Korean Conflict, and had been married to the late Mary Troy Monahan for 53 years.
He is survived by four children, 12 grandchildren and a sister.
A funeral Mass is scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday at Holy Family Church. Burial will be in Lawncroft Cemetery.
Calling hours will take place Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 S. Benson Road.