WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH)–Waterbury police said Dita Redzepi, 61, was struck and killed as she walked along Wolcott Street around 6 p.m. Saturday night. The driver took off and Redzepi was left for dead on the side of the busy roadway.
Wolcott Street is a heavily-traveled thoroughfare with lots of strip malls, lots of cars and because of all the snow, few sidewalks for pedestrians.
News 8 camera’s captured many images of people forced into the street, competing with vehicles for space in lanes made even more narrow by the snowbanks.
The dangers are no excuse.
“If I hit somebody, I think I’d have to stop,” said Waverley Henry. “I couldn’t live with myself.”
Redzepi lived at an apartment on Sharon Road, not far from where she died. Her case is one of at least three serious hit and run accidents that have happened within two months in Waterbury.
Less than two weeks ago, Albertina Lopes was arrested after Waterbury police said she struck and killed 20 year old Natalis Montalvo, as she walked along Meriden Road. Lopes also failed to stop at the scene. And in January, two teens were seriously injured as they crossed a street near the Brass Mill Center, when a car ran a red light, ran them down, and drove off.
“A lot of us are grown-ups driving these cars,” Henry said. “And if we can’t take responsibility for doing something wrong, it’s pretty sad.”
Waterbury Police said they’ve interviewed several witnesses, but still have no suspects in the case. Anyone with information is asked to call Waterbury Police.