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Two Hit-and-Run Deaths Remain Unsolved

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Months after two hit-and-runs that killed two Connecticut teens, police still haven’t made arrests.

That’s agonizing for Stephanie Phillips, the mother of one of the victims.

“[Cailyn] would have been 16 today,” said Phillips.

Phillips’ daughter, Cailyn Bassett, was killed Dec. 7, while crossing Saybrook Road in Middletown.  

“It still doesn’t even feel real. I’m still waiting for her to pop through the door and say, ‘Hi, mom. Sorry.’ Unfortunately, I know that’s not going to happen.”

Days after Bassett’s death, police seized a car they believed was the one that struck her. But so far, no one has been arrested for the teen’s death.

The same is true for another unsolved hit-and-run death in New Britain.

On July 4, 2012, Jackson DeJesus, 17, took his last steps crossing the intersection on North and Tremont. He was hit by a tan Nissan Altima and died two days later.

Barbara Playa, Jackson's mother, wants justice for her son.

“I know somebody knows something out there. I know somebody knows the vehicle, something, please. This is not fair,” said Playa.

Police in New Britain and in Middletown continue their investigations into the incidents.

“We’re hoping that something will happen very soon. We can get closure,” said Phillips.

Anyone with information on either case is asked to contact police.  



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