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Hit-and-run driver arrested by New Haven police thanks to business employees

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NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

A driver responsible for striking a woman and fleeing the scene was arrested thanks to a father and son who helped detain him, according to police.

Police said David Diaz struck 34-year-old Charlotte Fox around 7:30 p.m. near Whalley and Sherman Avenues.

They said Fox was found laying motionless in the roadway with Diaz nowhere in sight.

Witnesses told police that Diaz was behind the wheel of a black Saturn with dark-tinted windows. One said they saw the driver run a red light on Sherman Avenue before striking the victim. He said the driver never stopped.

The incident happened a short distance away from a family auto repair business. Police said two employees of Dynamic Auto on Whalley Avenue, Sajjad Chaudhary and his son Ali Chaudhary, chased down the suspect and stayed with him until they arrived.

"Guy was driving 50 to 60 miles an hour at that speed limit going way too fast," said eyewitness Sajjad Chaudhary. "I told my son 'call 911 and I'm going to follow this guy."

"We saw the lady hit the ground and everyone was paying attention to her but no one went after the guy who did it and he just sped off," said Ali Chaudhary.

Fox was rushed to the hospital where staff said her injuries were serious, but not life-threatening.

Diaz was taken into custody.

Officers said they immediately smelled alcohol on Diaz's breath. They said his speech was slurred and he told them during a urine test that he'd "pee dirty" because be smoked marijuana and snorted cocaine earlier in the day.

Police said they were awaiting test results to confirm that.

Diaz was charged with second-degree assault, felony evading with a motor vehicle, driving under the influence, reckless driving and other motor vehicle offenses.

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