NEW LONDON — A former Connecticut College student was sentenced Thursday to six months in prison for her role in a drunken driving crash that paralyzed a scooter operator in November 2016. The student, Sophia Thielman, of Rye Brook, N.Y., had been drinking in a dormitory before she rear-ended the scooter with her car on Route 32 New London, near the college. She was 19 at the time. The crash paralyzed 36-year-old Zachary Chesebro.
Thielman stopped and called 911, then provided aid to Chesebro until first responders arrived. She left college after the crash, and said she hopes to return. Thielman apologized in court and said she hoped Chesebro can forgive her “selfish, childish behavior,” The Day newspaper reported.