WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — An 89-year-old pedestrian was killed in a hit-and-run Tuesday night in West Hartford.
Police said Eugenia Yurovsky of West Hartford was struck and killed at the intersection of Whiting Lane and Boulevard around 5 p.m. She was declared dead at the scene, police said.
Police are searching for the vehicle and driver who fled from the scene. Authorities said the vehicle might be a white sedan.
News 8 spoke with Tom Ribando, who lives near the intersection. He said police knocked on his door, looking for witnesses and surveillance video.
“Poor lady just trying to cross from one side of the street to the other, just extremely heartbreaking, especially at Christmas time,” Ribando said.
“I did see an elderly woman here after dark yesterday [Tuesday] with her walker trying to get across this street,” Ace McGee said. “It’s horrible. That’s horrible.”
West Hartford Mayor Shari Cantor told News 8 that the intersection has already seen traffic safety improvements in recent years with a limited one-way road, but she and those who live in the area want more done.
“Our engineers are looking at a possible crosswalk,” Cantor. “We need cameras. We need to have tools so we can investigate accidents that happen.”
The Connecticut Transportation Institute said Tuesday’s deadly hit-and-run adds to this year’s trend in the wrong direction.
“Basically, the 1980s, before we see pedestrian fatalities this high,” said Eric Jackson, the Connecticut Transportation Institute executive director. “The fatality that occurred last night [Tuesday] puts us at 67 or 68 pedestrian fatalities so far this year.”
Any residents along Boulevard between South Quaker Lane and Prospect Avenue are encouraged to review and provide any doorbell or video surveillance footage that may show a light-colored sedan with front-end damage or any vehicle that may have been involved in this case.
Police are also looking to speak with passengers that may have been riding on CT Transit bus #69 (Capitol Avenue Route) around the time of the hit-and-run.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at (860) 523-5203, (860) 570-8969, or by email at email@example.com.