ORANGE, Conn. (WTNH) — A pedestrian was killed in a hit-and-run Tuesday night in front of McDonald’s on Boston Post Road in Orange.
Police said 43-year-old Khurshida Mohamadi, of West Haven, was crossing the road just before 6:25 p.m. when a dark, four-door vehicle in the left westbound travel lane hit her. The driver did not stop. Police said the car should have damage to its left front.
A Honda Pilot, also traveling westbound, then hit Mohamadi. Police said this driver did stop and is cooperating with authorities.
Mohamadi suffered multiple traumatic injuries and was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Shantavia Chappell was driving on Boston Post Road when she witnessed the deadly crash. She said the victim was trying to cross four lanes of traffic when she was hit.
“It still gives me chills just talking about it,” she said.
Chappell can’t shake the terrible moments that unfolded right in front of her.
“The first thing I thought in my head was, oh my goodness! Why is she in the middle of the street?”
Chappell said the first thing she did was start beeping the horn of her car so people could stop, but another vehicle hit the victim.
“I just started screaming and crying. I was already on the phone with 911,” Chappell said.
As the search for the driver continues, Chappell is urging both drivers and pedestrians to be careful in the hopes of preventing another tragedy.
“Try your best to use crosswalks. Signs. The light buttons. Anything you can to make it home safe at night. That’s what it’s all about,” she said.
Orange police are asking for the public’s help locating more witnesses and the vehicle that left the scene.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Peterson or Det. Bailey at 203-891-2138 and refer to case #23-35149.