21-year-old faces several charges in Meriden fatal hit and run

Alex Checa (Photo provided by the Meriden Police Department)

MERIDEN, Conn. (WTNH)– A Meriden man is now behind bars, weeks after police say he was involved in a hit and run. That hit and run killed a mother who was crossing the street with her daughter.

The man, now facing charges in this case, went before a judge Thursday morning. He’s been identified as 21-year-old Alex Checa, from Meriden.

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Police say he’s responsible for the hit and run which happened in the city back on October 7th. Around 8:30 that night, 40-year-old Dania Cegeno-Delrosario was trying to cross Springdale Avenue with her young daughter, when a car came speeding down the street. Cegeno-Delrosario pushed her daughter out of the way before she was hit, saving the girl’s life.

Since then, there’s been an ongoing investigating and search for the car involved after it was caught on surveillance video. Wednesday afternoon, Checa turned himself in to police after there was a warrant for his arrest.

Checa’s family tried to hold back tears leaving court. He’s mother said her son didn’t tell anyone right away because he panicked.

“All this time he’s been in the basement crying,” Veronica Soria said.

He told his mom his side of the story.

“He don’t see the woman. And the woman don’t see my son. And then boom. “I know him. He’s good. He’s sad too. He wants to say sorry to the family,” Soria added.

The suspect’s brother Boris Soria said, “I just want to tell them please for us I don’t them to look at us as monsters. It was just an accident.”

Related: Police release surveillance photos from deadly Meriden hit-and-run

Police say they went to get the car involved in the hit and run that was located in Patterson, New Jersey. Right now it’s unclear what it was doing down there. It’s been impounded. Officers from Meriden are expected to head down to New Jersey Thursday to get the car and bring it back up here.

Sgt. Darrin McKay, police spokesman with the Meriden Police Department said, “We wanted to make an arrest on this. We wanted to have some closure. It was very important for the family. Obviously when someone looses their life we are never going to stop working the case.” Checa will be back in court on December 14th. His bond remains at $250,000.

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