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Hartford worker will not get new city-owned car after crash

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Hartford's top lawyer and chief operating officer, who was involved in a car crash in her city-owned SUV, will not being getting another vehicle. 

Saundra Kee-Borges and her fiancee, who is Hartford Deputy Fire Chief Terry Waller, were hit by another driver during the early morning hours of Sept. 28.

Waller, who was driving the vehicle, was traveling through a green traffic control signal when it was struck by a vehicle driven by 30-year-old Edwin Rodriguez, of Hartford.

Rodriguez then fled the scene, but was later arrested by police at his residence. He was charged with evading responsibility and failure to obey a traffic control signal. Police also discovered Rodriguez had an outstanding warrant for simple trespass and failure to respond to an infraction.

Kee-Borges initially said she'd left a National Association for the Advancement of Colored People dinner at 10:30 p.m. that Friday, went right to the Hartford Police Department because her son had been arrested.

But, surveillance video shows Kee-Borges didn't get there until 12:47 a.m., which is raising questions about where she was for the two hours in between.

On Thursday evening, Kee-Borges issued a statement to "clarify" what happened. Kee-Borges said she left dinner and went to her son's apartment, where she spent the next couple hours calling lawyers and bondsmen while investigators were on the scene.

"My initial statement was not as detailed as it could have been," Kee-Borges told Eyewitness News. "The whole time we were dealing with an arrest."

Some City Council members have questioned using the vehicle for personal business.

"Did it legitimize using a city car for personal business? That's what the whole city wants to know," said Councilman Larry Deutsch. 

Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra, who accepted Kee-Borges's apology, told Eyewitness News he not is replacing her vehicle. He has cut the fleet of city-owned vehicles from 73 to 45.

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