Suspect’s neighbors react to fatal hit-and-run arrest

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

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH)– After more than a month of investigating, Bridgeport police say they’ve got their suspect as they’ve arrested Patricia Daniels for the hit-and-run death of Evelyn Agyei back in December.

Neighbors near Daniels’s Palisade Avenue home were shocked to hear the woman they know as a quiet, polite, corrections officer was arrested for the tragic crash, which also injured Agyei’s 11-year-old son.

“Things do happen,” said Dennis Simpson. “It’s just shocking that it was her. It’s real shocking. It’s crazy.”

The incident was caught on a nearby surveillance camera. Police say they fanned out to find all late-model, white BMW SUVs in the Bridgeport area soon after the crash. When they encountered Daniels’s, they say her vehicle contained evidence consistent with Agyei’s Suburu.

“It makes me feel sad, but that’s how people do sometimes,” said Curtis Jeffreys, who lives nearby and saw Daniels being arrested on Wednesday. “I guess she’s going to get what she’s got coming, if it’s her.”

The 46-year-old Bridgeport woman posted $150,000 bond shortly after her arrest. No one came to the door when News 8 knocked Thursday afternoon.

Police say Daniels told them she was in the area of the accident around the time it occurred. They say she told them that she checked herself in to a nearby psychiatric unit at St. Vincent’s.

Daniels is scheduled to appear in court Jan. 22.

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