Man accused in Southington hit-and-run appears in court - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Man accused in Southington hit-and-run appears in court

Edward Fascendini Edward Fascendini

The man accused in a deadly hit-and-run in Southington in February appeared in court Thursday.

Police said 46-year-old Edward Fascendini is responsible for the crime that killed a 23-year-old and injured two of her friends.

According to the warrant, police allege that on Feb. 12, Edward Fascendini of Plainville, was driving in a pickup truck on Queen Street when he hit the three women, who were walking along the shoulder of the road.

The three women were heading home to their apartment - less than a half mile from their jobs at the Mongolian Grill in Southington.

After the incident, police said Fascendini took off and fled the scene.

As a result of the hit-and-run, Yan Giao Chen, 23, was killed. Hong Yang and Liu Huai, both 23, were both seriously injured, but have recovered.

Chen's uncle, who has since moved back to China told Eyewitness News after it the hit-and-run her family in China was devastated.

"They just can't understand and can't believe that they lost their daughter," said Qing Qun.

Local businesses raised $7,000 to send Chen's body back to China.

Fascendini, who was already in jail on unrelated charges, appeared in court on Thursday to answer to the charges.

Eyewitness News tracked down Fascendini's criminal history, which shows he was charged with criminal trespassing, larceny and interfering with officers in 1980s. 

During the 1990s, he was arrested for assault and disorderly conduct, as well as three counts of not having car insurance. In the early 2000's, he was charged with larceny, assault and resisting arrest. In 2011, his license was suspended for not taking care of a ticket.

Throughout Fascendini's criminal history, records show he has failed to show up for court multiple times.

The Southington Police Department Accident Investigation Team, the Southington Police Detective Division, the Connecticut State Police Central District Major Crime Squad and the Connecticut Forensic Science Lab were all involved in this investigation and said that they were able to forensically link Fascendini's vehicle to the hit-and-run.

Additional information was also obtained through an informational checkpoint that was conducted by the Southington Police Department the night after the incident.

Fascendini, who was three kids and works in construction, will be back in court in early June.

He currently doesn't have a lawyer, but told a judge he's working on it.

Anyone with additional information about the hit-and-run should call police at 860-378-1600.

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