FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Police arrested and charged the Fairfield woman involved in a car accident that sent Chief of Police Gary MacNamara to the hospital last October, citing her untreated medical condition as a catalyst for the accident and saying she was traveling 54 mph on the small downtown road, police said.
Annick Margot Winokur, 40, of Penfield Road, was arrested at Fairfield Police Headquarters on Wednesday. She was charged with traveling unreasonably fast, following too close and second-degree reckless endangerment in the crash.
State officials who analyzed the recording box information from the BMW that Winokur was driving show the accelerator was depressed 99 percent and the vehicle was traveling 54 mph at the time of impact with the police chief’s unmarked vehicle.
By her own admission, police said, Winokur had not taken her prescribed medication the night before the accident, “causing her to not be entirely lucid” while operating the vehicle the following morning.
“What we have is someone traveling at maximum highway speed on a local road,” Lt. James Perez said. “She did have a seizure while operating the vehicle, but it was not one that caused her to lose consciousness.”
Winokur has been cited on four different occasions since 2008 for accidents that resulted from her medical condition - once in 2008, 2009 and twice in 2013, Perez said.
MacNamara was admitted to Yale-New Haven Hospital for two days after his 2014 Ford police cruiser was rear-ended at a red light at Reef Road and Route 1.
The accident happened at 9:21 a.m. Oct. 21 near the crosswalk that connects the sidewalks in front of the Sherman Green and Victoria's Secret on Post Road in the center of town.
After slamming into the chief's car, the BMW careened across the roadway, went through the patio at the Firehouse Deli, took down a light pole and hit the brick building that houses Victoria's Secret.
The 7-month-old in Winokur's vehicle was not injured in the crash.
Although she has had her license taken away twice for accidents resulting from her medical condition, Connecticut’s Graduated Drivers License Program has allowed her to earn it back, police said.
According to Perez, the Graduated Drivers License Program is largely issued to those with disabilities and the elderly. Through the program, board certified physicians evaluate candidates to determine their ability or inability to drive, and apply restrictions to their licenses.
It is possible, through the Graduated Drivers License Program, for Winokur to once again be issued a license, police said.
Winokur was released on a promise to appear in court on Jan. 27.
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