Ridgefield Driver Faces Manslaughter Charge In Greenwich Hit-And-Run

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Meghan Beebe, 21, of Middlebury, was killed in a hit-and-run accident in Greenwich over the weekend. Photo Credit: Contributed

GREENWICH, Conn. -- A felony charge of second-degree manslaughter has also been lodged against the Ridgefield, Conn., driver arrested in connection with the weekend hit-and-run death of a woman in a Greenwich parking lot, online court documents show. 

Vyacheslav Cherepov, 26, of Danbury Road was arrested Sunday after he returned in his car to the William Street parking lot where the accident occurred early Saturday, police said. 

Cherepov, who also faces a charge of evading responsibility causing death or serious injury, was held on $750,000 bond after his arraignment at Stamford Superior Court on Monday. He pleaded not guilty to both charges. 

His car struck Meghan Beebe, 21, of Middlebury, in the parking lot of a Byram-area restaurant, police said.

He stopped briefly and then drove away, dragging her under his car for four blocks, police said. 

A female companion of Beebe’s tried unsuccessfully to stop Cherepov as he drove with Beebe pinned beneath the car, Greenwich police said. Beebe was found lying on the street by an unidentified resident, police said. She was transported to Stamford Hospital, where she later died from her injuries.

Cherepov also worked at a restaurant near the accident, according to police. He is a native of Russia who has lived in Connecticut for 13 years.

Beebe, a graduate of the Westover School, had recently fulfilled her graduation requirements at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

She was recognized at Westover for her musical talents and her photographic work. During her senior year she had served as a dormitory proctor, co-captain of the varsity soccer team, and Second Head of the Glee Club.

At UMass, she volunteered for a sexual assault crisis hotline and had recently completed an internship at the Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction in Northampton, Mass.

Calling hours will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Chase Parkway Memorial/The Albini Family Funeral Home, 430 Chase Parkway, Waterbury. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, at St. John of the Cross Church in Middlebury. Burial will follow at Lake Elise Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to either the Westover School, P.O. Box 847, Middlebury, CT 06762 or to the Nonnewaug High School Scholarship Fund, In Care of Pam Sordi, 5 Minortown Road, Woodbury, CT 06798.

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richard.tondreau.7:

Definitely, this "butt hole" is going to have his charges enhanced and upgraded to felony negligent vehicular manslaughter, wreckless abandon of human life, failure to stop when summoned to do so! Is he a legally documented citizen of the U.S.? Is the vehicle legally registered? Does he have proper insurance protocol? To top it off, if and when he's found guilty, he gets to make a statement after sentencing. The statement is most likely going to be as they always are in a case like this one...."I'm sorry, I wasn't thinking, forgive me! In my book, that doesn't cut it and he should get the max! Or deported after time served, if he is an undocumented alien! I'm sorry, but that's my point! He's no better than anyone else. A motor vehicle conviction stays on the books for 10 yrs. Insurance violations are monitored for 4 yrs. Justice should prevail for the grieving loved ones of this woman who's life was taken. I will burn a candle for her and her loved ones!

P. Stephen Lamont:

Four (4) blocks, probably 1/4 MILE at least, or 1 full lap around any regulation HS or college track...it is almost inconceivable. Hoping that this animal's days of incarceration bring it to him 100 x's over.

Broad River:

The new fish honeymoon?

DOT12:

dot12
Why not vehicular homicide? Where and how does law enforcement draw the line?
This citizen killed a woman with his automobile. Is someone able to explain?

Broad River:

Manslaughter. The unjustifiable, inexcusable, and intentional killing of a human being without deliberation, premeditation, and malice.
Vehicular homicide is deliberate, premeditated and with malice. Like aiming a gun and pulling the trigger.

Lovedone:

This kid was known in Ridgefield, 8 years ago for driving his car incredibly recklessly. Such a shame he never learned his lesson...until it costs this poor girl her life.

Broad River:

This ' kid ' is a grown man.
Are you saying the Ridgefield Police looked the other way?
It seems that if he was so notorious he would have had his privilege pulled long ago.

Broad River:

I intentionally used the descriptive of ' man ' to be sure we don't forget the gravity of his crime. ' grown ' was employed here as a bit of sarcasm. For that matter so is ' man ' as he drove away, something a real man would have not done.
Syntax gets lost because I explain myself so poorly.
Allow me to rephrase this for the hypersensitive and hyper-defensive amongst us. ' This kid ' is a grown man and needs to be tried as one. His level of maturity should not come into question as he knew what he did was wrong and fled to avoid capture and responsibility.
Hopefully the Ridgefield Police did their best to curb / modify his behavior. Who ever coddled him did him a great disservice.
We all lost a problem solver that day. Somebody we would have most likely read about for an achievement of some magnitude, lost by the hands of a problem maker, that we now need to take care of and be responsible for, for a very long time. Parents, teachers, law enforcement,.. where was his safety net??

Lovedone:

I Intentionally referred to him as a "kid" because we are the same age, from the same grade, same school, same town and while the majority of us grew up into responsible men and women he clearly did not. No blame on anyone but him, Merely pointing out that in our very small town he was known as "Slavo the kid who races around in his charger."

P. Stephen Lamont:

They should put this guy in front of a firing squad.

soriano8:

or drag him under a car for four blocks...

Broad River:

Drag him home, after al that's where he was headed!

Broad River:

To quick

Broad River:

A wonderfully bright, well rounded, talented and giving young lady. Rest in Peace.

When you stop briefly and then proceed in a car with an undercarriage that low to the ground you must know you are dragging something and then to continue for 4 blocks, you must add to a felony charge of second-degree manslaughter, the act of depraved indifference.

rachel526:

My heart goes out to the family of this lovely young woman. I did not know her, but she sounds like a wonderful person. May they find some peace eventually. Her spirit will be with them always.

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