Former Connecticut College student sentenced for drunken crash

Sophia Thielman was sentenced to six months for her role in a crash that paralyzed a scooter operator.

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — A former Connecticut College student on a full scholarship has been sentenced to six months in prison for her role in a drunken driving crash that paralyzed a scooter operator.

Sophia Thielman was sentenced Thursday for her role in the 2016 crash in New London that paralyzed 36-year-old Zachary Chesebro from the waist down.

Prosecutors say Thielman, of Rye Brook, New York, had been drinking in a dormitory before she rear-ended the scooter with her car. She was 19 at the time.

The Day reports that the now 21-year-old Thielman stopped and called 911, then provided aid to Chesebro until first responders arrived.

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She left college after the crash, but says she hopes to return.

Thielman apologized in court, and says she hopes Chesebro can forgive her “selfish, childish behavior.”