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Neighbors concerned about speeding after hit-and-run in Middletown

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Neighbors put up ribbons in memory of Barbara Eddinger, who was killed during a hit-and-run. (WFSB photo) Neighbors put up ribbons in memory of Barbara Eddinger, who was killed during a hit-and-run. (WFSB photo)
Barbara Eddinger was killed in a hit-and-run in Middletown Thursday. (Facebook photo) Barbara Eddinger was killed in a hit-and-run in Middletown Thursday. (Facebook photo)
MIDDLETOWN, CT (WFSB) -

The search for whoever was behind the wheel of an SUV that struck and killed a woman in Middletown continued on Friday.

Police said 61-year-old Barbara Eddinger was hit while putting mail in her mailbox on Chamberlain Road Thursday afternoon.

Eddinger was taken to the hospital where police said she died from her injuries.

Police said her a family member was standing next to her when she was hit and was able to provide them with details.

The family member described the vehicle as a speeding SUV that came up Chamberlain Road, nearly hit a telephone pole and careened across the street where it struck Eddinger.

Neighbors said they were shaken by her death. 

"Oh, it's tragic. Mrs. Eddinger was a very well-liked lady and had a big family. And you know very good people, hardworking people," neighbor Gary Wolf, of Middletown, said. "It's a tragic loss.

Most people in the neighborhood knew Barbara or Bobbi as they called her. She was part of a well-known Middletown family in the gardening business. She was a mother of five sons and a grandmother to many grandchildren. 

"The thing I can't understand is they were going east. You'd think they'd be on that side of the road," Wolf said. "Who ever hit her wasn't driving properly or in the right state of mood." 

Neighbors in the area said speeding on the windy road has been a big problem.

"It's a steep hill. It's a straight away and it's easy for the speed to pick up," Jen Kolosky, of Middletown, said. "I've caught myself a couple of time."

“They speed and it's scary,” Wolf said. “I like to walk around the block and I don't know if I'm going to do that anymore.”

Some neighbors told Eyewitness News they've called police and nothing has been done.

"When we receive complaints from specific areas then then we will attempt to address that area. People traveling faster than the speed limit occurs everywhere and on every street,” police said in a statement to Eyewitness News on Friday.

Police added that this week’s hit-and-run should serve as a reminder for drivers.

“Unfortunate incidents like this are a reminder to follow the set speed limits and not to drive distracted. Neither of which have been confirmed to be contributing factors in the fatal accident,” police said in a statement to Eyewitness News on Friday.

Neighbors said they believe now is the time to act especially since this is an area filled with children. They said they want to prevent this from happening again.

“Our kids wait at the bus stop and we try to wait behind the stop sign because we are worried about people flying down the hill and cutting over the corner,” Kolosky said. “So it's a concern for all of us.”

“You think they'd post a police cruiser somewhere and catch up with some of these people,” Wolf said. “Maybe that would help and give the neighbors peace of mind and they can be a little safer.” 

The SUV was said to be dark in color and may have substantial damage on the left side. The driver had dark hair and was wearing a dark hat, according to police.

Police not only asked for potential witnesses to come forward, but that repair shops be on the lookout for a damaged SUV. They are also looking for potential surveillance video in the area.

Anyone with information can contact the Middletown Police Department at 860-638-4000.

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