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Enfield Woman Facing Charges in Windsor Crash

Police say Jenny Benvenuto sped down Palisado Avenue in excess of 80 miles per hour before crashing into Dr. Wayne Levasseur's optometry office on Broad Street.

The woman who crashed into Dr. Wayne Levasseur's optometry office last New Year's Eve was intoxicated and speeding in excess of 80 miles per hour after "trying to run [her old boss] off the road," court documents allege.

According to an affidavit obtained in court, Jenny Benvenuto, who recovered after having sustained serious injuries in the accident, traveled to the Riverside 159 Bar on Palisado Avenue to speak with the bar's owners about getting her job back.

Unsuccessful in her attempt, Benvenuto tailgated her former bosses on Palisado Avenue before speeding down the road south toward Broad Street, police say.

According to police, the 35-year-old passed several officers with her lights off and at a high rate of speed.

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Windsor police officers pursued her vehicle, a tan Chevy Impala, but were unable to catch up with her, court documents say.

Court documents reveal police approached the intersection of Palisado Avenue and Broad Street and saw Benvenuto's vehicle "had struck a tree, light pole, and the building of 186 Broad Street, Dr. Levesseur's office..."

According to police, Benvenuto "suffered a hole in her heart" in the accident that caused $43,000 in damage to the doctor's office, and she had to have her spleen removed.

She was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, according to police.

At the scene of the crash, police identified Benvenuto's car as having plates reported to be stolen hours before the accident.

Toxicology results found her blood alcohol content level to be 0.141 at the time of the accident — well over the legal limit of .08.

Benvenuto was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, operating an unregistered motor vehicle, failure to drive in the established lane, failure to wear a seat belt, failure to keep reasonable distance from another vehicle, operating a vehicle with insufficient insurance coverage, reckless driving, misuse of a registration place, breach of peach and theft of a registration plate.

She's also currently facing charges of third-degree assault, second-degree threatening and second-degree breach of peace in Enfield, and a violation of probation for alleged second-degree larceny.

According to court documents, Benvenuto has been arrested 21 times since 1998, including convictions of driving under the influence, breach of peace, third-degree assault, sixth-degree larceny, fifth-degree larceny, fourth-degree larceny, third-degree larceny and first-degree larceny.

She was also the passenger in a vehicle that struck and killed Connecticut State Trooper First Class Kenneth Hall on the shoulder of Interstate 91 in 2010.

She is due to make a pre-trial appearance in court on December 11.

Kathy C October 23, 2012 at 01:21 AM
Throw the book at her
Eileen M October 23, 2012 at 12:42 PM
Looks like she needs some(a lot) of jail time.
amanda C October 23, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Does this chick ever learn, shes been arrested many many times, has gone to jail for a few months is a mother of 2 which her mom got custody of and still out like a walking menace, someone needs to go to jail for as long as anyone else that committed these type of crimes shes a drug addict and shpold be where they belong for GOOD!!!!!
amanda C October 23, 2012 at 08:16 PM
She never was charged in a police officers death either! She commits a robbery buys drugs, gives them to the guy driving the truck, starts a fight w him he hits a cop and she walks away w a law suit to buy a new car to drive into this building Hmmmmm!! make sense to anyone else??
Jaime Pajak October 23, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Karma...What goes around, comes around.
Lynn Dempsey May 12, 2013 at 03:34 PM
Well beyond three strikes, deserves to be sitting in jail, clearly doesn't have a clue or a care about anything but herself.

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