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Woman suffers serious head/face injuries after Waterbury hit-and-run crash

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Police are investigating a hit-and-run crash in Waterbury. (Viewer photo) Police are investigating a hit-and-run crash in Waterbury. (Viewer photo)
WATERBURY, CT (WFSB) -

A pedestrian suffered “non-life-threatening injuries” after being hit by a motor vehicle that police said fled the scene on Saturday night.

The hit-and-run crash was reported in the area of 1722 East Main St. around 6 p.m.

Police said 45-year-old Sonia Velez had exited her Nissan Murano and was crossing East Main Street when she was hit by an SUV.

The impact from the crash threw her to the curb, police said.

The SUV hit the back door of the Murano and that impact police said caused it to hit Sonia’s sister Elizabeth Velez in the head. Police said Elizabeth Velez suffered a laceration.

Police said Sonia Velez suffered “significant head/face damage” and was rushed to Saint Mary’s Hospital.

Sisters Sonia and Elizabeth were in Waterbury visiting friend, Caroline Ortiz, who witnessed the accident. Ortiz said the driver slowed down to look back before he fled the scene.

“He looked out and he looked at everybody and everyone thought he was going to get out to acknowledge what happened and he just got back into the car and sped off,” said Ortiz.

While police said Sonia Velez suffered “suffered significant contusions / injuries to the face and head,” her injuries are “non-life-threatening.” Police said Sonia Velez “suffered a fractured pelvis.”

Police said the vehicle involved in the hit-and-run crash was “described as only a blue Blazer type vehicle.”

Ortiz described the suspect as a man in his twenties. Police are urging those with any information to come forward. 

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