Teen driver arrested in New Britain fatal hit-and-run crash on East Street, victim identified

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NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (WTNH) — A man is dead and a teen is in custody after a hit-and-run in New Britain Tuesday night.

New Britain Police said the pedestrian was struck by a car in the area of Belden Street and East Street around 7 p.m. The victim was transported to the local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The victim was identified Thursday as Henryk Gudelski, a 53-year-old jogger. Police say a stolen Audi out of Hartford hit him while he was running on the sidewalk; he was hit so hard he flew across the street. The occupants of the stolen vehicle fled.

It all started six miles away at a gas station in Plainville where police say the two people inside the Audi stole a wallet out of someone’s car. The man then tried to chase down the Audi even thought he was told by police to stand down.

New Britain PD arrested the driver of the Audi Wednesday, identified as a 17-year-old New Britain resident. Police took him into custody in his home Wednesday morning; they found him hiding inside a closet in his home.

The teen is charged with assault, reckless driving, and larceny.

The wreckage of the crash was still visible Wednesday: a smashed truck, debris from the stolen vehicle, a downed metal fence.

Police say the teen has been arrested 13 times in the last three and a half years on charges such as: Assault with a Knife, Assault, Possession of Narcotics, Reckless Driving, Evading Responsibility, Larceny (Stolen Motor Vehicles), Robbery, and Violation of Probation.

The victim’s wife, Alina Jablonski, shared these photos with News 8. She tells News 8 that “this is a very difficult time for us.”

New Britain Police Chief Christopher Chute told News 8, “This is just an example of how the juvenile justice system is not working for us. This is a tragic, senseless act that occurred…We have a true innocent victim that was killed last night. This should never have happened.”

This investigation remains open.

Police are asking anyone with information or who may have seen what happened to call them at 860-826-3000. You can remain anonymous.

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