Suspect charged in Meriden World War I memorial hit and run

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MERIDEN — A suspect has been charged in connection with a hit and run incident that damaged the World War I Wall of Honor memorial, Meriden Police Department announced today.

The incident occurred on March 21 just after 10 p.m., when a vehicle struck the memorial located on the median of Broad St. near E. Main St. and fled the scene.

Officer Saleeba, who arrived on the scene, collected vehicle parts that were later used to identify the suspect vehicle, although it was not located that night.

The Major Crimes Division, along with other police units, gathered video footage of the incident, which showed a white pickup truck with distinctive features hitting the monument.

Cooperation with Wallingford Police Department led to the identification of a white 2013 GMC Sierra K1500, driven by Conor Walsh, born April 20, 1981, which was involved in a rollover crash in Wallingford shortly after the Meriden collision.

With evidence gathered from a mechanical inspection of the impounded GMC, Meriden Police issued a warrant for Walsh’s arrest.

Walsh turned himself in on April 22 and was charged with multiple violations under the Connecticut General Statutes, including evading responsibility and reckless driving.

He posted a $5,000 bond and is scheduled for a court appearance on May 6.

The Wallingford Police Department is handling the investigation of the rollover crash under their own case number.

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