Scooter driver killed, identified during hit-and-run in Hamden

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HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Hamden police are investigating a deadly hit-and-run that occurred Wednesday night. As of Friday, police are still looking to identify the suspects.

The crash happened near 2390 State St. around 5:30 p.m.

“Horrific accident is a good way to describe it,” said Captain Ron Smith, Hamden Police Department.

According to police, two cars were seen traveling southbound on State Street at high speeds. Witnesses said both vehicles were driving “erratically,” passing other cars and crossing the double yellow.

One of the cars, a Toyota Corolla, was reported stolen in Hamden on June 17. It struck the driver of a scooter that was traveling north. Police identified the driver of the scooter that was struck and killed as Garrison Nieves, 21, of Hamden.

“There was a misuse of plates. I’m not certain if it was stolen, we’re still looking into that,” said Smith.

After impact, the occupants of the possibly stolen Corolla exited the car and got into the second vehicle, a blue Honda with registration AS-54198. They were last seen driving southbound on State Street.

Nieves was taken to Yale New Haven Hospital with life-threatening injures. He was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

“From what I was told the crime scene was very graphic, very sad. Some officers felt very sad who responded to the scene actually,” said Smith.

State Street between Foote Street and Fernwood Road has been reopened after several hours.

Police have released the following photos and are asking the public’s help to identify those involved.

“We’ve used social media, we have gotten some information from concerned citizens so the investigation is moving forward,” said Smith.

The Hamden Police Department Traffic Division is investigating. Anyone with information is asked to contact Officer Nicholas Lovett at (475) 201-1201.

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