Woman charged in fatal Windsor Locks crash found dead

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Katell Gunning

NEWINGTON — The woman arrested in October after a fatal crash was found dead Tuesday.

Newington police said Katell Gunning was found deceased in her home. They said the case is under investigation and no other information will be released at this time.

Gunning, 34, was arraigned in October on charges including operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs in the crash that killed Kevin Dutra of Colchester.

Police said Dutra died in the crash when the Ford F 350 pickup he was driving was hit from behind by a Volkswagen Tiguan driven by Gunning. The pickup was sent across the highway and into the median where it overturned and struck the guard rail. Dutra suffered fatal injuries in the crash. Police said Gunning left the scene of the accident and was found near Exit 44.

Police said Gunning failed field sobriety tests they administered. They then took her to the hospital to have blood drawn.

Police said Gunning told them she used cocaine and about 10 bags of heroin at about midnight Saturday.

Gunning’s attorney argued that police were beyond the two-hour window that allowed them to get a positive chemical test to charge Gunning.