Friends of Middletown hit-and-run victim speak out
By WFSB Staff
MIDDLETOWN, CT (WFSB) -
The friends of a 15-year-old girl, who was killed in a hit-and-run crash in Middletown on Friday spoke to Eyewitness News as police continue to investigate the incident.
Police said Cailyn Bassett, of Clinton, was hit by a vehicle as she was walking along Saybrook Road about 5:45 p.m. Friday.
Cailyn, a 10th-grade student at the Morgan School, was pronounced dead a short time later.
Police confirmed that officers have located a vehicle that may have been involved in the crash. They also stated that they have talked to several "persons of interest" in the case.
The department has obtained surveillance video during the time of the accident from a local business in the area.
According to friends, Cailyn had permission from her mother to take the bus up to Middletown to attend a youth group gathering at Fellowship Church when she was hit by a car. She was hit 45 minutes before the gathering started.
"They just told me that she didn't make it," said Cailyn's friend Destiny D'Zacomo.
When D'Zacomo's phone rang Friday night, it appeared the call was coming from her friend Cailyn, but it was a Middletown police officer.
"He had told me that he called me because my number was in her cell phone and they didn't have an ID," she said.
Visiting hours for Cailyn will be held at the Church of The Open Door on East Main Street in Clinton on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. with a memorial service at 11 a.m.
Cailyn had gone to the vocational agricultural program in Middletown, loved to write and was active at the Church of The Open Door.
"From knowing her and seeing her at some previous Fridays, laughing, having fun, and to know they're gone ... it's not something you can describe," said Middletown Fellowship Church Youth Director Matt Balogh.
Balogh said it is unusual for a teen to be walking along that stretch of Saybrook Road. He added they don't like it when the kids walk to the program and offer rides, if anyone needs one.
"I just don't know how someone could do that to a 15-year-old and not go and say something," D'Zacomo said.
The investigation into Cailyn's death continues, according to the Middletown Police Department.
Anyone with information about the hit-and-run is asked to call Middletown police at 860-344-3264.
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