Court case in fatal Kent crash continued
TORRINGTON — Last week’s arraignment of a Salisbury woman charged with two felony counts in a fatal crash in Kent in May, was continued to Jan. 15.
Shelby Roger, 26, who was arrested in late December, appeared with her attorney David Moraghan, who said after the proceedings that “We will likely enter a not guilty plea,” at the next court appearance.
Roger is also charged with driving under the influence and three other counts in a two-car collision after her vehicle hit another car on Skiff Mountain Road.
A passenger in Roger’s car, 22-year-old Deanna Lynn Silvernail, was ejected from the vehicle and died. The felony counts against Roger are manslaughter in the second degree with a motor vehicle and assault in the second degree with a motor vehicle.
At last Friday’s appearance, Moraghan filed a motion with the court for a “return of property” from State Troop L Barracks in Litchfield.
“This is her livelihood,” he told the court. The property “is in the back of her SUV,” which is being stored at the barracks, he said.
“There is a saddle and riding equipment. It has nothing to do with the accident,” Moraghan continued. “It’s probably been destroyed by the weather,” he told the court. “The windows are all broken.” But, he added, his client wants to retrieve her property.
Judge Paul Matasavage, approved the motion and told Moraghan and State’s Attorney David Shepack to discuss how to handle the request.
Asked about the property listed in the motion, Moraghan said, “There is a list of 15 things. She is an equestrian. She teaches riding and breaks horses.”
Roger was accompanied to the court with her mother, who also met with her daughter’s attorney.