A Double Hit & Run Kills A Waterbury 18 Year Old

One Driver Arrested.

WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) –  The search for a hit and run driver is underway in Waterbury.

Police say two cars, struck and killed 18-year-old Eric Delage who was on a bicycle Monday night. A plea from his family of Eric Delage, the victim of a double hit and run.

Cousin Antonio Colon said, “he didn’t deserve to die the way he died. All I got to say is, if you see this and it was you and you know who you are, turn yourself in, be a man about choice.”

Eric Delage
Eric Delage

It happened around 8 p.m. along Baldwin Street near the intersection of Pleasant Street. Delage was heading to a neighborhood corner store when he was struck and killed.

According to police, he was on his bike, heading north Baldwin when he was struck by a red Chevy trailblazer. He was knocked off and landed across the southbound lane, where he was struck by another vehicle.”

Both drivers left the scene.

Leslie Descoteaux lives across the street. “I heard a bang, we came outside and already people were coming down the street.”

A surveillance camera helped to identify the driver of the trailblazer. Israel Diaz was in court charged with Felony Evading Responsibility and a number of other motor vehicle charges.

Police are still trying to find the second driver.

Israel Diaz
Israel Diaz

Descoteaux pointed out,  “in this area here because there are two lanes merging into one, they jockey for position so they go too fast.”

A distraught older sister could not hold back the tears.

“He was a great kid, everybody was hard on him just cause we wanted him to do good, said Elizabeth Delage, “And he was starting to do good and we were so proud of him.” She went onto to say, “They should not get away with this, Imagine if this was their family, how would they feel if somebody did this to them.”

A fund at Santander Bank has been set up to help the family with funeral expenses. People can go to any branch to donate.

Waterbury Police are asking for  help to find the second driver. They are looking for a Town & Country or a Caravan minivan, possibly silver in color.

Call Crimestoppers at 203-755-1234.

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