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Police identify 68-year-old woman killed in New Haven hit-and-run

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — New Haven Police have identified the woman who was killed after being struck by a car early Sunday morning.

New Haven Police and Fire responded after multiple emergency calls reporting that a pedestrian had been struck just after 1:30 a.m. on Whalley Avenue between Davis Street and Anthony Street.

Emergency responders located the victim, identified as 68-year-old Celeste Staten, of New Haven, lying in the middle of the roadway. Officers believe Staten was hit by one or more vehicles — all of which left the scene.

Evidential items left at the scene included a vehicle bumper, among others.

Staten was pronounced on scene.

New Haven Police Major Crimes detectives, Bureau of Identification forensic detectives, and the Accident Reconstruction Team responded to the incident, where a crime scene was held for several hours with the area having been later reopened.

Police say that an officer standing at Whalley Avenue and Anthony Street was approached by a small tan dog on a leash. It was later learned the dog belonged to Staten.

On Sunday morning, the officer transported the dog to the city’s Robin I. Kroogman New Haven Animal Shelter at 81 Fournier Street.  The small mix Lhasa Apso dog is still being housed there.

Witnesses who have not yet spoken to police are asked to call the New Haven Police Department at (203) 946-6304.

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