Seebald gets suspended sentence in motorcyclist's death
A Wallingford woman has received a suspended six-month jail sentence in the case of the negligent homicide death of a New Fairfield motorcyclist, John J. Pendergast IV.
Sharon Seebald, 59, pled nolo contendere (no contest) Jan. 10 in Superior Court in Litchfield to a charge of negligent homicide with a motor vehicle relating to the June 22 accident on Route 202 in the Northville section of New Milford.
Seebald received a suspended six-month jail sentence with 18 months probation with special conditions. She will be performing 50 hours of community service at an autism school and a youth lacrosse organization and will make a $500 donation to each organization.
Witnesses to the June 22 crash that killed Pendergast, 21, told police that Seebald "looked stunned and confused" following the crash, according to court documents.
Seebald told police she had been looking for a place to turn around along Route 202, had turned on her left turn blinker, waited for coming southbound traffic to pass, and then turned, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.
Pendergast's motorcycle hit the front of Seebald's Honda Accord as she made the left turn into a parking lot, police said.
Pendergast was transported to Danbury Hospital, where he died hours after arrival from "intracranial hemorrhage/edema due to trauma," the hospital assessment report states.
A blood test taken by police after the crash showed no trace of alcohol in Seebald's system, police said.