SOUTHINGTON - Police have charged a local man after he allegedly ran over a family of geese - which some witnesses said he did intentionally - killing several of them.
Thomas Guerrette, 68, is facing one count of cruelty to animals.
On Friday at 10:13 a.m., police received a complaint that a family of geese had been run over on Welch Road, near Mount Vernon Road. Dispatch was told that multiple witnesses were on scene and had the driver of the car stopped.
According to police, Guerrette was driving a Chevy pickup truck west on Welch Road when he ran over a family of geese attempting to cross the street. Police said he told the officers he took his eyes off the road to look at a housing development, and when he looked back at the road, he saw the geese and tried to avoid them.
A vehicle then pulled into his lane and Guerrette pulled over.
Several witnesses to the incident, according to police, told officers it appeared that Guerrette intentionally hit the geese.
One witness said Guerrette slowed down for the geese before accelerating toward them, police said. Another witness, who was driving behind Guerrette, said he appeared to swerve into the geese and did not brake to avoid them, according to police.
As a result of the incident, two goslings were killed and a third had to be euthanized on scene because of the severity of its injuries.
Guerrette was issued a misdemeanor summons, and is scheduled to appear in Bristol Superior Court on June 12.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.