SUFFIELD, Conn. (WTNH) – A UConn student was killed in a hit-and-run crash in Suffield on Saturday.
The Suffield Police Department responded to the area of East St. N. and Thrall Avenue on Saturday for the report of a serious crash.
On Monday, police identified the victim as 20-year-old Meghan Voisine of Suffield. The University of Connecticut identified Voisine as a second-year student at the college.
On Monday, UConn released a statement saying that Voisine was a member of the School of Business, majoring in Marketing. She was a member of Women in Business and Gamma Phi Beta sorority.
Voisine was a competitive swimmer, serving as the high school’s co-captain her senior year. After spending a year at Seton Hall University, she went on to be a student at the UConn Business School.
“This is a difficult time for the University as we navigate the many emotions people have after experiencing the loss of another community member. In addition to the sadness of this immediate incident, we are aware that tragedy may trigger our own personal histories of loss and grief,” the statement said.
The Voisine family sent a statement to News 8 Tuesday:
“The Voisine family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to the Suffield & UConn communities for their overwhelming expression of gratitude, thoughts & prayers. Meghan was a bright light to all who met her and her infectious smile & caring attitude will be missed greatly. Meghan was known among her friends for her willingness to lend a helping hand or providing an ear for support. We ask that you honor Meghan by undertaking an act of kindness to a friend in need.”
The Voisine family said memorial donations can be made to “The Meghan Voisine Fund” c/o Suffield Community Aid, 450 South Street, Suffield, CT 06078. In keeping with Meghan’s legacy of always helping her friends in need, the family said these funds will be specifically designated to assist Suffield youth who are in need of support.
In regards to the case, police said the driver fled the scene after the crash. Suffield Police say they now have the car and have tentatively identified the driver.
“The owner of the vehicle, upon seeing some of our Facebook postings, contacted the police department to say their vehicle might have been involved,” said Suffield Police Chief Richard Brown.
Brown added they are still processing the vehicle for evidence and taking statements from all parties that were involved.
“It’s particularly hard in this instance because not only is it a town resident, but it’s a 20-year-old female college student. Many of us have children and we take that personally. It goes straight to your heart,” Brown said.
UConn says there are resources in place for anyone who wants to talk.
On Thursday, students will be gathering at Mirror Lake to honor Voisine. Everyone is being encouraged to wear pink.