The man was texting when he killed a pedestrian on the side of East Windsor Road

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Authorities said the driver was also the subject of multiple 911 calls about an erratic driver on Interstate 91 before the fatal crash of a pedestrian in East Windsor, Conn., on Sunday, March 6, 2022.

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EAST WINDSOR — A man has admitted sending and receiving text messages while driving when he fatally hit a person walking on the side of the road over the weekend, police say.

Police charged Jesse Robert Pincince, 37, of Crane Road in Ellington, with reckless driving, negligent homicide with a motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle while using a mobile phone, disobeying traffic lights, second degree manslaughter and misconduct with a motor vehicle.

At approximately 3:15 p.m. Sunday, East Windsor Police received a call about a pedestrian who was struck by a vehicle in the 100 block of North Road.

Investigators found that the vehicle involved in the incident had been the subject of multiple 911 calls for erratic driving on Interstate 91 north. Police said the license plate of the vehicle involved matched the registration given in calls to the dispatcher.

A caller reported the vehicle left I-91 at exit 45 and headed east on Bridge Street, police said. Police said the driver allegedly ran a red light at the intersection of Bridge Street and Prospect Hill Road, just before the crash with the pedestrian.

Police said in an interview with investigators, Pincince said he was sending and receiving text messages while driving and did not see the pedestrian on the side of the road.

The pedestrian, who was not identified by police on Monday, later died of his injuries.

Pincince was taken into custody and treated on the charges. His bail was set at $350,000.

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