61-year-old woman killed in Middletown hit-and-run - WFSB 3 Connecticut

61-year-old woman killed in Middletown hit-and-run

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61-year-old Barbara Eddinger died after she was hit by a car while she was putting a letter in her mailbox. (WFSB/Facebook) 61-year-old Barbara Eddinger died after she was hit by a car while she was putting a letter in her mailbox. (WFSB/Facebook)
LIFE STAR responded to Chamberlain Road in Middletown on Thursday after a person was hit by a car. (WFSB) LIFE STAR responded to Chamberlain Road in Middletown on Thursday after a person was hit by a car. (WFSB)
Barbara Eddinger was killed after she was hit by a car on Thursday afternoon. (Facebook) Barbara Eddinger was killed after she was hit by a car on Thursday afternoon. (Facebook)
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MIDDLETOWN, CT (WFSB) -

Middletown police are searching for a driver accused in a deadly hit-and-run that happened on Thursday afternoon.

LIFE STAR said they responded to Chamberlain Road in Middletown after 61-year-old Barbara Eddinger was hit by a car while she was putting a letter in her mailbox.

She was taken to the hospital via LIFE STAR where she died. Eddinger left behind a husband, five sons and many grandchildren. Her sister-in-law said another family member was standing right next to her and he was able to tell police what happened.

“I was pretty much first on scene and you know she was laying there, not moving and they were trying to resuscitate her," said Carl Hayn, who is the cousin and neighbor of Eddinger.

Barbara was also known as "Bobbi" and was part of a well-known family in Middletown, in the gardening business.

The family put a pile of dirt where the mailbox stood.

Eddinger's sister-in-law said an SUV was speeding up the road and nearly hit a telephone pole and then careened across the street, hitting Bobbi.

“The last time I saw her was in the fall, they had had a new grandchild and she was walking down the hill with two little boys her grandchildren," said Patricia Malon who lives on the same street. She said speeding is a big problem on the road.

Police said the vehicle was a dark colored SUV and was driving on the opposite side of the road and hit her. There should be substantial damage on the left side of the car. The driver was described as having dark hair and wearing a dark hat.

Police are asking for repair shops to be on the lookout, and anyone with information should contact Middletown police. Investigators are also looking to see if any neighbors may have surveillance cameras that could have captured the incident.

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