New video released in connection to 2008 hit-and-run in New Haven
By WFSB Staff
NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -
For the first time, surveillance video is being released in connection to a 2008 hit-and-run crash in New Haven that left an 11-year-old girl dead.
Gabrielle Lee was hit as she was trying to cross Whalley Avenue in New Haven with her older brother around 9:30 p.m. in June 2008. They were trying to get over to her mother who was at the laundromat when Gabrielle was hit by a car.
"It was devastating when that happened. Nobody could believe it," said Louise Consiglio, who was Gabrielle's neighbor. "I still get choked up when I remember what happened to her."
Police said driver kept going.
Investigators are hoping the video helps trigger someone's memory.
"Or anyone with any kind of knowledge about who is responsible," said Officer Rose Dell. "What kind of vehicle person was driving."
Over the years, detectives have questioned people, but they are now counting on leads with stronger evidence. Investigators are hoping to talk to a person who was seen in the video riding a bicycle.
Detectives are also asking nearby businesses to put up posters, which advertise a $10,000 reward for information that would lead to an arrest.
"You do the wrong thing you have to pay for it," said Clemente Campos of Clemente's Pizza
Police have released a make and model of the vehicle in the past but this time they don't want to focus on one kind. They do believe it's a low car with a hood that slopes down.
"Just to know this person is still out there getting away with it, is really sad," Consiglio said.
Anyone with information is asked to call the New Haven Police Department's Major Crimes Unit at 203-946-6304 or the New Haven Police "Tips Line" at 203-946-2875.
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