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PD: Arrest made in hit-and-run that killed Meriden mom

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Alex Checa was arrested on Wednesday and the car involved in the crash was found in New Jersey. (Meriden Police) Alex Checa was arrested on Wednesday and the car involved in the crash was found in New Jersey. (Meriden Police)
(Family photo) (Family photo)
MERIDEN, CT (WFSB) -

Police in Meriden have made in arrest in a deadly hit-and-run that claimed the life of a mother.

On Wednesday afternoon, 21-year-old Alex Checa, of Meriden, turned himself in to Meriden police. He had an active warrant for his arrest.

The crash happened on Oct. 7 in the area of Springdale Avenue at Lewis Avenue.

Police said the 40-year-old Meriden resident, Dania Cegeno-Delrosario, and her 7-year-old daughter Denisse, had gotten out of her car to cross Springdale Avenue, when a car hit them and took off.

Eyewitness News spoke exclusively with Cegeno-Delrosario’s daughter and family, who said without Cegeno-Delrosario’s actions at the last moment, Denisse would not be here.

"And it pushed both of us and it pushed her very hard," said Denisse, who described the impact of the car and her mother’s actions to get her out of way. “So I wouldn't get hurt."

Cegeno-Delrosario was taken via LIFE STAR to Hartford Hospital with serious injuries. She later died at the hospital.

A family friend, Joseph Luca, said Denisse is going a little better, but she misses her mom.

"She keeps on asking...saying that her mother is in heaven...but from time to time she wonders if she's gonna come back," Luca said.

Although the pain is still unbearable, Luca said Wednesday provided a rare good moment. Almost exactly a month after the hit-and-run police busted the man they say is responsible.

"I can't believe they got him so fast but I had no doubt that in their hands they would have got the person," Luca said.

Checa was arrested and charged with evading responsibility causing the death of a person, tampering with or fabricating physical evidence, and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license.

The car involved in the crash was found in Patterson, NJ. It will be brought back to Meriden for processing.

He is being held on a $250,000 bond and is expected to appear in court on Thursday.

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