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November 03. 2013 9:02PM

UPDATE: Keene woman arraigned in fatal hit-and-run crash that killed her housemate


TRACY BURROUGHS 

KEENE — A Marlboro Road woman remains in custody Monday morning after she was arraigned on hit and run charges in a fatal crash Saturday that resulted in the death of her housemate as he was riding his bike on the side of Route 101.
Tracy A. Burroughs, 41, was arrested Saturday on felony charges of conduct after an accident — leaving the scene of a fatal accident — and negligent homicide after Keon E. Ioannou, 48, of Keene, was struck and killed around 1:50 a.m. Saturday. Court documents supplied in 8th Circuit Court, Keene District Division, Monday morning refer to Burroughs as the victim's girlfriend.
On Sunday, police said Burroughs is also facing a felony count of driving while intoxicated.
In court Monday morning, citing her alleged intoxication at the time of the accident, assistant Cheshire County attorney Jean Kilham said Burroughs is "a clear danger to the community" and requested Judge Edward Burke not reduce her bail conditions.
Burroughs appeared in court via video feed from the Cheshire Court House of Correction.
She held her head down for most of the arraignment, occasionally sobbed and shook her head back and forth — as if to disagree — when attorneys discussed whether she was a danger to the community or not.
Burke held her bail at $25,000 cash.
Burroughs is set to appear in the district court for her probable cause hearing Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.
Outside of the courtroom, Kilham said if Burroughs were to post bail she would return before the judge so conditions could be set.
Burroughs is accused of being behind the wheel of the vehicle that hit Ioannou. She was arrested Sunday at 6:30 a.m. at 848 Marlboro St., the home she shared with Ioannou.
Burroughs worked at the restaurant Tony Clamato's on Court Street, which was owned by Ioannou.
"They were living together and Keon owned Tony Clamato's and she was a waitress there," Kilham said.
According to the arrest affidavit written by Keene Police Officer Joel C. Chidester, Ioannou was riding his bicycle east on Route 101 when he was "struck on the left side by the motor vehicle, which caused significant injuries and led to his death. … (O)fficers went to the victim's residence in an attempt to locate the next-of-kin and spoke with his girlfriend, Tracy Burroughs. These officers observed that Burroughs was intoxicated."
In a subsequent police interview, "Burroughs admitted to having approximately four drinks over the course of several hours before driving home from Tony Clamato's. She stated that she "blacked out" on the drive home and does not remember anything from the time that she left the restaurant until she arrived at the residence and went to bed."
Burroughs told police she left the restaurant around 10:30 p.m. several hours before Ioannou left. She said Ioannou usually leaves the restaurant between 1:30 a.m. and 2 a.m.
Security cameras at the Cheshire County Sheriff's Office, which is across the street from Tony' Clamato's, shows Burroughs arriving at the restaurant at about 5:55 p.m. Friday and that she left about 1:42 a.m. Saturday.
A sign posted at Tony Clamato's Monday said the restaurant is closed until further notice. On the steps of the entrance, friends and family left flowers, a Red Sox T-shirt and baseball cap, as well as candles and messages to Ioannou.
Previous story follows:
KEENE — A woman is scheduled to appear in court today to face charges in a hit-and-run collision that killed a man she lived with.

Tracy A. Burroughs, 41, was arrested Saturday on felony charges of leaving the scene of a fatal accident and negligent homicide. On Sunday, police said Burroughs is also facing a felony count of driving while intoxicated.

Burroughs is accused of being behind the wheel of the vehicle that hit Keon E. Ioannou, 48, of Keene, around 1:50 a.m. Saturday. Police records show she was arrested at 6:30 a.m. at 848 Marlboro St., the home she shared with Ioannou, relatives said.

Keene police said in a written statement that investigators found no signs that the driver made any effort to stop before or after the collision just east of Graves Road on Route 101.
Ioannou co-owned Tony Clamato's Ristorante on Court Street and was fondly remembered on the restaurant's Facebook page by friends who offered condolences and prayers to the family below a post that read "Closed Until Further Notice." Another picture showed a small shrine that included a Boston Red Sox shirt and hat and lit candles on the steps in front of the entrance.
Keon Ioannou's personal Facebook page showed a post from Friday night around 10 p.m. saying he was with Burroughs at the restaurant. Police received a call nearly four hours later for a bicyclist on the side of the road who was dead when medical personnel arrived; he was identified as Ioannou.

Keene Police Sgt. Christopher Simonds refused to comment on Ioannou and Burroughs' relationship, saying more details would be released by prosecutors during Burroughs' appearance today in 8th Circuit Court in Keene.

Simonds said Burroughs remained in the Cheshire County jail Sunday evening. She was being held on $25,000 cash bail.

Steve Ioannou, Keon's brother, confirmed that Burroughs lived with his brother, but declined further comment Sunday night.

- Written by Doug Alden, New Hampshire Union Leader.


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