New Canaan Woman Awaits Arraignment in Newtown Man’s Death

STAMFORD – The arraignment of a New Canaan woman, who has been charged in the death of a Newtown man in connection with a two-vehicle head-on motor vehicle accident on the Merritt Parkway in Stamford last April, has been continued in Stamford Superior Court.

Alexandra E. Orteig, 19, had been scheduled for court arraignment on three charges on February 26, but that arraignment has been rescheduled to March 13, according to a court official.

Orteig may enter pleas to the charges at the arraignment. Orteig is free on $10,000 bail while awaiting arraignment.

Following an investigation, police on February 7 charged Orteig with negligent homicide with a motor vehicle, failure to drive in the proper lane, and failure to wear a seatbelt.

Newtown resident Scott Getzinger, 46, of Little Brook Lane died at Stamford Hospital due to injuries he received in the accident which occurred about one-half mile south of Exit 36 last April 6.

Getzinger had worked a s a property master on many major Hollywood films.

Police have said that Getzinger was driving his 2002 Ford F-150 pickup truck northward in the right lane, as Orteig was driving a 1999 Lexus RX-300 SUV southward in the right lane. Orteig suddenly lost control of the Lexus and it then spun out of control, striking the center median guardrail and crossing over into the northbound lanes where the Lexus then struck the Ford in a head-on collision, according to police

Orteig and Lexus passenger Mary Grace Higbie of New Canaan both were transported to Stamford Hospital for possible injuries and medical evaluation.

Getzinger worked as a property master in the film and television industry, providing props for more than 25 movies, including Spider-Man, Independence Day, The Truman Show, and Men In Black III and The Dark Knight Rises.

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