November 29, 2020


HAMDEN — Police looking for the driver of a vehicle that struck a building and seven vehicles and was last seen Monday running from the scene with an infant strapped in a car seat, Capt. Ronald Smith said.

Smith said police later located the 8-month-old infant, who was unharmed and with family members.

There were no serious injuries reported in the vehicles that were struck.

The incident began at around 5:30 p.m. Monday when police responded to the intersection of Dixwell and Putnam avenues on the report of a motor-vehicle accident.

“The investigation revealed that a motor vehicle, which was traveling northbound on Dixwell Avenue, collided with two vehicles, before fleeing from the scene,” Smith said.

“Moments later, the vehicle, which was now traveling southbound on Dixwell Avenue, struck five vehicles at the intersection of Dixwell Avenue and Morse Street.”

The vehicle continued, before striking Tint Works at 923 Dixwell Ave., Smith said.

Smith said the driver was last seen running eastbound on Morse Street with the infants strapped in a car seat, Smith said.

The investigation is continuing, Smith said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Officer Justin Martin at 203-230-4030.

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A Liberty County mother ran over her 4-month-old with a car in an apparent accident Friday evening, resulting in the hospitalization of the infant, sheriff’s officials said.

Investigators said preliminary reports from witnesses show the mother, whose name was not released, was in the front yard of her Cleveland home at about 6 p.m. when she put her vehicle in drive. The car then ran over her daughter, who was in a swing, Liberty County sheriff’s officials said.

Investigators said the mother called sheriff’s dispatchers, described what occurred and told them she planned to drive to a hospital. Emergency responders met the mother and child at Casey Ridge Grocery, about 8 miles from her home, and transported them to a Houston hospital, sheriff’s officials and witnesses said.

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Investigators said a full medical evaluation would occur, but preliminary reports indicated the child appeared to have serious head injuries, sheriff’s officials said.

Billy Reynolds, an employee at Casey Ridge Grocery, told the Montgomery County Police Reporter service that the mother frantically arrived in the store’s parking lot.

“I kept snapping to see if it would look at me, but one of its eyes kept rolling in the back of her head,” Reynolds said. He added that the infant was not crying and did not appear to have superficial injuries.

Investigators said they were in the process of interviewing the mother.

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A chase with a suspected human smuggler from south to central Laredo ended when the suspect’s vehicle ran out of gas, authorities said.

Webb County Precinct 2 Constable’s Office deputies identified the suspect as a 16-year-old boy who was determined to be a U.S. citizen. He was detained and charged with eight counts of smuggling of persons and evading arrest with a vehicle, both felonies.

On Wednesday evening, a deputy was traveling south on U.S. 83 and One River Place when he observed a white 2002 Ford Explorer loading up people. A chase ensued when the deputy approached the Explorer, authorities said.

Authorities said people were jumping out of the vehicle during the chase. The Explorer then allegedly ran out of gas in the intersection of Lafayette Street and San Eduardo Avenue. That’s where the juvenile was detained.

A woman who bailed out from the vehicle during the chase was taken to Laredo Medical Center for treatment. She along with seven other men were determined to be immigrants from Mexico and Guatemala who had crossed the border illegally.

“I want to congratulate our deputies for being proactive out in the field. This is another great example of how we continue to work together with our deputies and other law enforcement entities in order to protect and serve our community,” said Precinct 2 Constable Mike Villarreal.

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