MERIDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Meriden Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a car that is suspected to be involved in a hit and run crash that left a seven-year-old girl without a mother.
Forty-year-old Dania Cegeno-Delrosario was killed Friday night when she was struck by a car along Springdale Avenue near Lewis Avenue.
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Cegeno-Delrosario was holding her daughter’s hand as they tried to cross the street. A witness on scene said Cegeno-Delrosario pushed her daughter out of the way to save her from being hit by the car.
“they were walking across the street back to their apartment and she must have saw the car coming. I’m sure she pushed her daughter to the side because her daughter had no marks on her from the vehicle,” said Lieutenant Thomas Cossette with the Meriden Police Department.
The mother was taken to Midstate Medical Center and then flown to Hartford Hospital, where she later died.
Police say three businesses captured surveillance photos of a black four door sedan seen entering the area of the accident and then leaving. They say it is most likely a Nissan and would have damage to the front driver side quarter panel, including the hood, bumper, door, and side mirror.
“Somebody out there knows something so we’re hoping that the public steps up and helps us in the investigation,” said Lt. Cossette.
Vinny Patel is the owner of G & G Package store on the corner of Lewis Avenue and Springdale Avenue. He says the area is prone to accidents and feels the city should install traffic cameras at the light to stop this from happening again.
“Here at this traffic light there’s a lot of going fast cars everytime,” said Patel.
Police have now released surveillance photos of the suspected evading vehicle.
If you recognize the vehicle in the photos or have another other information on this accident, you are asked to give Meriden Police a call at (203) 630-6215 or (203) 630-6256.