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Warrant Issued for Suspect in Southington Fatal Hit-and-Run

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Southington police said they have an arrest warrant for a man suspected in a hit-and-run crash that killed one woman and injured two others on Feb. 12.

Yan Qiao "Joanne" Chen, 23, died from injuries sustained in the crash, according to police.

Chen, and her roommates, Huai “Emily” Liu and Yang “Rita” Hong, both 23 and of Southington, were walking on Queen Street when a car hit them near the Outback Steakhouse around 10:30 p.m. on Feb. 12, days after the state was buried in snow from the blizzard, and fled, police said.

Coworkers said all three women worked at Gobi Mongolian Grill in Southington and would walk home together after their shifts.

Normally they would walk through the parking lot, but they apparently could not because of all the snow from the blizzard, a coworker said. 

Police said on Friday that they have an arrest warrant for Edward Fascendini, 46 of Plainville, charging him with misconduct with a motor vehicle and three counts of evading responsibility.

Police said they learned additional information during an informational checkpoint the night after the crash and were able to forensically link Fascendini's white Dodge pickup to the crash.

Fascendini is currently incarcerated on unrelated charges and will be presented in the Bristol Court on May 9.

Liu and Hong are recovering after being released from the hospital. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Southington Police at (860)621-0101, Ofc. Timothy Wilk at (860)378-1600 ext. 2352 or e-mail twilk@southingtonpolice.org.

 

 



Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com and Southington Police

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