Bridgeport police make arrest in fatal hit-and-run

Patricia Daniels (Photo provided by the Bridgeport Police Dept.)

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH)– Bridgeport police have arrested the person they say killed a woman in a December hit-and-run.

Patricia Daniels, a correctional officer in Bridgeport, was arrested Wednesday, according to police. She is charged with second-degree manslaughter, risk of injury to a minor, and evading responsibility.

Police say early in the morning of December 4th, Daniels hit 51-year-old Evelyn Agyei on Boston Avenue, sending Agyei’s Subaru off the road, through a fence, and into a tree. Agyei’s 11-year-old son was injured in the crash, but survived.

“This is a person who knows the law, so why should she run away when you commit a crime?” said Jonathan Agyei, Evelyn’s husband. “As a corrections officer, even a lay man by the streets will just go and help the victim, the person, but you go running away.”

According to police, Agyei’s son told them Daniels’s BMW began to ram his mother’s car from behind, hitting it several times.

“What can we do?” said Agyei. “It has happened, so all that we need is justice.”

Police say they went to Daniels’s Palisade Avenue home on Dec. 16. They say Daniels told them she was on Boston Avenue the morning of the accident and that she checked herself into a hospital for psychiatric evaluation. Police later examined her car and say the state police crime lab concluded paint particles on the BMW bumper matched the Subaru bumper.

According to police, Daniels bond was set at $150,000. The Department of Corrections has placed her on paid administrative leave.

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