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Woman hit by van in Hartford dies

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

An 83-year-old woman that was hit by a supermarket van earlier this month has died from her injuries, and the suspect could face more serious charges.

Police said Maria DosSantos was pinned under a van driven by C-Town employee Victor Morales on July 11.

Police said that after striking DosSantos, Morales took off into the C-Town store. After at least 30 minutes, police said Morales appeared and told police in Spanish that he was the driver, but didn't see DosSantos when he started to back the van up.

A forklift was needed to lift it off her, so she could be taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries, police said.

According to police, a security camera mounted to the side of the C-Town grocery store recorded the entire incident.

Morales was arrested and charged with reckless driving, evading responsibility, unsafe backing, operating without a license and driving on a sidewalk, after the incident.

After his arraignment in court last week, Morales was hauled off by federal immigration officers and Eyewitness News learned he is an undocumented worker from Mexico. His attorney Corey Brinson said that had to do with his illegal status in the USA.

Sadness swept over the Parkville section of Hartford, after learning about DosSantos' death. 

"Tears flowed down my eyes," said her friend Hazel Magwood. "She lived a long, nice life. She was a beautiful person."

Magwood was a longtime friend of DosSantos from the Parkville Senior Center, and was angry about the crash.

"He ran right over her," Magwood said.

Eyewitness News talked to Hartford police, and they said they are working with the state's attorney to see if possible manslaughter charges could be filed. 

"I hope that justice will be done, and he pays for his crimes," said witness Raymond Soto.

Morales has been released, but is wearing a monitoring bracelet.

Friends said the DosSantos family, who lives right up the street from where the crash occurred, said they have no comment at this time.

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