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Fatal Collision In New Haven Is Fourth Pedestrian Death This Year

Feb 24, 2020

A driver hit and killed a pedestrian in the Bishop Woods/Quinnipiac Meadows neighborhood Sunday evening.

The crash occurred on Middletown Avenue near Cross Street, according to police spokesman Capt. Anthony Duff. The Accident Reconstruction Team was on scene.

The driver remained at the scene after the crash. The victim was a 68-year-old man. Police did not immediately have more details to report Sunday evening.

It was the fourth time already in 2020 that a driver has killed a pedestrian in New Haven. On Jan. 14, 50-year-old New Havener Arthur Bastek was struck and killed on Ella T. Grasso Boulevard. On Jan. 22, 55-year-old New Havener Kevin Anthony Cunningham was struck and killed on Whalley Avenue.  On the night of Feb. 17, Gilberto Molina, a 44-year-old native of Puerto Rico, became the third pedestrian to be struck and killed by a car in New Haven already this year when he was hit on Columbus Avenue near West Street.

Earlier Sunday, police arrested a driver who struck a 42-year-old woman. That crash took place Sunday around 3 a.m.

A 37-year-old New Haven woman was driving a compact Chevy Crossover sports utility vehicle in the 400 block of Dixwell Avenue between Argyle and Gibbs when she struck the pedestrian, according to Capt. Duff.

Police came on the scene to find the pedestrian lying “unresponsive” in the roadway, with the driver “also in the roadway, holding onto the pedestrian to comfort her,” Duff wrote in a release.

The pedestrian was taken to Yale New Haven Hospital, “where she remains in critical condition with life threatening injuries,” Duff reported mid-Sunday. Sunday evening, it was reported that the victim is expected to survive. Monday Duff reported she is in “critical but stable” condition.

There were two passengers in the car as well. The front-seat passenger went by ambulance to the hospital for evaluation of a possible minor injury. The rear-seat passenger was uninjured.

The driver failed a field sobriety test. Police charged her with second-degree assault with a motor vehicle, driving under the influence, failure to use care near a vulnerable person, and distracted driving. She was released on $50,000 bond.

In another incident this month, a driver hit a walker being used by a 57-year-old woman to cross Whalley Avenue near Blake Street in the crosswalk, knocking her to the ground and injuring her.