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Meriden man accused in deadly hit-and-run faces judge

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A 21-year-old man accused of killing a beloved mother in a deadly hit-and-run appeared in Meriden Superior Court on Thursday.

Police arrested Alex Checa in connection with the crime and claimed he drove with a suspended license.

Family friends said they hope justice will be served.

Checa's family met with them outside of the courthouse after the appearance.

They apologized to the family of Dania Cedeno-Delrosario, who was left dying in the street after she pushed her 7-year-old daughter, Denise, to safety, according to police.

Checa's mother told Eyewitness News that she brought her son to police after she found out what happened. She noted that her son "wasn't acting like himself."

Veronica Soria is the mother of the suspect and said her son was scared and drove off after allegedly hitting Cedeno-Delrosario with the Nissan Altima he was driving last month. 

The crash happened four weeks ago on Springdale Road

Cedeno-Delrosario was taken by the Life Star emergency helicopter to Hartford Hospital with serious injuries. She later died there.

Police said the suspect lives with his parents a few blocks away from where that crash happened. He's behind bars on a $250,000 bond.

"I had no doubt that in their hands the Meriden Police Department was gonna catch him," said family friend Joseph Luca. 

Luca, a friend of Dania, said it's been a tough few weeks not knowing who was responsible. However, they're thankful police tracked Checa down.

"Think about what you did to this family. You destroyed more than one family, more than one person," said Luca.

There are still plenty of unanswered questions in this case. The car involved in that crash was found in New Jersey.

Checa's mother told Eyewitness News that the reason the vehicle was in that state was because Checa's girlfriend lives there.

She said the girlfriend game up to Meriden that weekend. Checa was borrowing her car at the time of the hit-and-run.

Checa's mother said he was scared, which is why he fled the scene.

She said the side mirror that came off and the cracked windshield on the car were repaired in New Jersey because no one would make the repairs in Connecticut. The repairs were made when the girlfriend returned him.

Checa is due back in court on Dec. 15.

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