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Waterbury Hit and Run Driver Arrested After Fatal Car Accident

Posted on behalf of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Jan 20, 2016 in Wrongful Death

hit and run arrestA 23-year-old woman has been arrested for a hit and run accident that caused the death of a young mother Monday morning on Bronson Street in Waterbury.

The victim was a 22-year-old woman who was standing outside her parked 1998 Honda Civic when the other woman crashed into her with her 2001 Chevy Malibu. The victim died from injuries to her upper body and head.

The victim's 5-month-old baby and her 23-year-old boyfriend were also in the Honda, but remained uninjured.

The victim had just recently moved to the neighborhood. She ran back into the house to get her daughter's coat, and when she attempted to get back into her car, she was struck by the Malibu.

The suspect is believed to have exited her wrecked Chevy Malibu after the crash. She then ran away on foot. Police also suspect the Malibu driver did not have valid registration. She is currently being held on a $500,000 bond.

The suspect was arrested Wednesday morning and charged with evading responsibility and operating a motor vehicle that caused a death in connection with a crash.

In addition to criminal charges for the Waterbury car accident, the suspect could be facing a wrongful death claim by the victim's family.

Hit and Run Facts

Oftentimes, people who flee the scene of an accident are intoxicated, underage, have a suspended license or have a previous driving conviction. They usually react out of fear, not thinking and without consideration for their victims. However, if they get caught, they end up multiplying their problems, since they will be facing additional criminal charges.

Hit and Run Statistics

  • According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there was a 13.7 percent increase in hit and run deaths from 2009-2011, despite an overall decline in traffic deaths.
  • There were 1,460 hit and run accidents reported in 2013.
  • One in five pedestrian deaths involve a hit and run collision.
  • Pedestrians are victims in 60 percent of all hit and run deaths.
  • Around 11 percent of all traffic accidents are hit and run.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of a hit and run accident, we can help you pursue justice. The Waterbury car accident lawyers at D'Amico & Pettinicchi have experience helping the families of hit and run accident victims. Call our Waterbury personal injury lawyers today for a free consultation.

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