Stratford man charged months after deadly crash

Jerry Goncalves, 26, pleaded guilty to negligent homicide with a motor vehicle.

Jerry Goncalves, 26, pleaded guilty to negligent homicide with a motor vehicle. (6/22/16)

BRIDGEPORT - A Stratford man is facing charges after Bridgeport police say he was behind the wheel of a car that struck and killed a woman earlier this year.

The incident happened Feb. 10 when a Chevy Celebrity driven by Jerry Goncalves, 26, hit Sandra Vilsaint, 31, while she was crossing Barnum Avenue near the intersection of Elizabeth Street. Police say Goncalves sped up at the intersection as the light was changing and passed through as it was red.

Vilsaint spent two days in the hospital before dying from her wounds.

Following a monthslong investigation, Goncalves was charged with negligent homicide with a motor vehicle.

Mack Allen, a longtime friend of the victim, says Vilsaint was a beloved member of the community. He adds that he was grateful to learn that Goncalves turned himself in after hearing a warrant had been issued for his arrest.

Vilsaint worked at the Dunkin' Donuts location on LaFayette Boulevard in Bridgeport. Her co-workers say they are still grieving her death.

Police say Goncalves is also charged with speeding, improper passing and driving with a suspended license. His bond was set at $50,000 and he is due back in court next month.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

1 VIDEO: Brooklyn Botanic Garden to host annual Sakura Matsuri Festival
Trump's keynote address last night at the Republican 2 Melania Trump's speech shrouded in controversy over plagiarism
State police say the crash occurred near exit 3 Police: Person fatally struck by car on I-95 in Greenwich
The Stratford Partnership for Youth and Families partnered 4 Stratford program aims to dissuade alcohol purchases for minors
Workers from New York headed to Stamford Tuesday 5 Striking Charter Communications workers protest in Stamford

advertisement | advertise on News 12

More News

Police say Sandra Vilsaint was struck by a Funeral held for pedestrian hit by car

A vehicle struck Vilsaint. Despite being in good spirits following the crash, the single mother

Police say Sandra Vilsaint was struck by a Woman dies days after being hit by a car

Friends and family are coming together to share their memories of a Bridgeport woman who

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.