East Haven police arrest suspect in fatal hit-and-run

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EAST HAVEN — East Haven Police Department apprehended a suspect in connection with a fatal hit-and-run that occurred on the night of June 14, where a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle that fled the scene.

The incident took place at around 9:58 p.m. near the intersection of Main Street and Boston Avenue.

Emergency responders from the East Haven Fire Department joined police at the scene, where they found the victim, Gina LaVacca, 47, of East Haven, with life-threatening injuries.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Witnesses reported that a dark sedan was seen leaving the area, but officers located surveillance footage from a nearby residence showing a white hatchback-style vehicle involved in the incident.

During a search of the central district, Officers Dean Bibens and Micah Belcher found the suspect vehicle parked at Autumn Ridge Apartments.

With support from Sergeant Ryan Gorman and Detective Jon Trinh, the driver, Elizabeth Cronk, 45, was located and arrested.

Cronk faces charges of Evading Responsibility Resulting in Death and Operating a Motor Vehicle without a License.

She is currently held on a $250,000 surety bond and is scheduled to appear in court on June 17.

The South Central Connecticut Traffic Unit is continuing the investigation.

Authorities urge anyone with information to contact the East Haven Police Department at 203-468-3820.

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