Waterbury hit-and-run one of three incidents under investigation - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Waterbury hit-and-run one of three incidents under investigation statewide

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Police in several communities said they're investigating three separate hit-and-run crashes that killed two people and seriously hurt two others.

Two women were seriously hurt on East Main Street in Waterbury Sunday when a blue SUV slammed into them as they were standing next to their parked car.

Sonia and Elizabeth Valez were at a home to style an old woman's hair for her birthday, according to friends of the victims.

It happened just as the two stepped foot outside the car. Police said the driver hit the gas and kept going.

I heard the noise and when I looked up is when I saw her against both cars and he pretty much dragged her," said Caroline Ortiz, a friend of the victims.

Ortiz said the SUV slammed into Sonia Valez and careened into Elizabeth Valez's open door, which pinned her against the car.

Ortiz told Eyewitness News that she'll have nightmares.

"Seeing her there and I just couldn't believe it," she said. "It felt like it was a movie like I was in a dream. I just couldn't believe what I'd seen."

Both victims have serious injuries but are expected to survive, according to police.

Ortiz said the most sickening moment happened after the collision when the driver of the SUV, whom she described as a man in his 20s, stopped.

"He looked out and he looked at everybody and everyone thought he was gonna get out to acknowledge what happened and he just got back into the car and sped off," she said.

The hit-and-run was one of three that happened over a three-day period, police said.

Two people in their 20s died on the other two crashes.

On Thursday, Keyonia Jenkins was killed after the driver of a minivan ran her over in New Haven.

Zachary Dube died after being hit by a truck on Friday in Barkhamsted.

Ortiz said she couldn't believe hot cold people could be.

"It's heartless, it's heartless," she said. "It's just so sad to me."

Police said all three hit-and-run incidents remain unsolved.

Anyone with information about them is asked to contact police.

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