Arrest made in Vernon hit-and-run that killed father of two days before Thanksgiving


VERNON, Conn. (WTNH) — Vernon police have made an arrest in connection to a hit-and-run that took the life of a father of two just days before Thanksgiving.

Police announced the arrest of 41-year-old Philip Holmes, of Somers, on Monday. He is charged with misconduct with a motor vehicle, evading responsibility resulting in death, possession of a controlled substance (narcotics), and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Last Tuesday, officers were called to 151 Phoenix St. by a resident of the home reporting an unconscious man in the street in front of their home. An investigation revealed the pedestrian was struck by a vehicle that fled the scene.

The victim was later identified as 44-year-old Andrew Aggarwala who was walking his puppy, Ollie, near his home when he was struck. Ollie took off. Aggarwala died on the scene.

With the help of area surveillance footage and a checkpoint put in place by police in the Phoenix Street area, police were able to identify a vehicle-of-interest and seize it for evidence Wednesday.

Lt. William Meier of the Vernon Police Department explained in a press conference Monday, “The day following the crash, Nov. 25, Vernon police conducted an informational checkpoint at the crash scene. A car with matching characteristics approached the checkpoint. After the investigation police seized the vehicle a silver Hyundai Sonata.”

PRESS CONFERENCE: Vernon PD make announcement of arrest in fatal hit-and-run

Police report Holmes was driving the Sonata when police took it into their custody.

On Saturday, Ollie was found by Animal Control not too far from the site of the crash and was returned to the Aggarwala family.

Aggarwala was a father of two and a local soccer coach. Friends called him a pillar in the community.

Holmes’ bail was set at $100,000 and posted bond Monday night. He appeared in Rockville Superior Court on Tuesday.

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