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Hartford Officer Charged in Albany Avenue Car Accident

HARTFORD — Hartford Police arrested a fellow officer who was involved in a car accident that critically injured a civilian at the corner of Albany Avenue and Woodland Street, police said.

Officer Taikwon Dudley was arrested and charged on Thursday with negligent homicide with a motor vehicle, reckless driving, traveling too fast for conditions and failure to obey a traffic signal, police said.

The Hartford Guardian first broke the news after sources reported an accident with a civilian critically injured was ignored while Officer Dudley was being treated by the ambulance on the scene.

 According to police internal investigation, Taikwon was involved in a motor vehicle accident on July 13 while he was responding to the area to assist other officers who were trying to catch an armed suspect in to custody. However, Taikwon was speeding “too fast” for conditions at about 2 : 00 a.m. on Albany Ave.
Taikwon’s car collided with Anthony Mansfield’s car. Mansfield, 50, was critically injured and ultimately succumbed to his injuries at St. Francis Hospital on July 20. Mansfield is a relative of Hartford State Rep. Douglas McCrory.

The accident involving Dudley was investigated by the Hartford Police Accident Reconstruction Unit and the Hartford Police Internal Affairs Division, with the cooperation of the Connecticut State Police and New Britain State’s Attorney’s Office.

Today, Oct. 18, Officer Dudley was placed under arrest and processed for the mentioned charges by Hartford Police.  Officer Dudley was released on a Written Promise to Appear and in Hartford Superior Court on Oct. 25.

“I continue to express my condolences to the Mansfield family in this difficult time.  I thank them for their patience in allowing us to complete a complex investigation as thoroughly and completely as possible,” said Hartford Police Chief James C. Rovella.


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