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East Haven police release dash cam video taken after hit-and-run

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Edward Santomassimo and Jeanna Suraci. (East Haven police photos) Edward Santomassimo and Jeanna Suraci. (East Haven police photos)

The East Haven Police Department released dash cam video that was taken after a deadly hit-and-run over the weekend. 

Two people accused in the crash faced a judge on Wednesday.

Police said 33-year-old Edward Santomassimo III and Jeanna Suraci, 33, were arrested on Tuesday.

They said Santomassimo was behind the wheel when his car struck and killed 59-year-old Lynn Travisano on Saturday night.

Suraci was the passenger in the car.

"There is a witness who was in the vehicle who stated he asked this defendant to stop, he would not stop, when they did stop after they got away from the scene of the crime, this defendant asked is girlfriend to switch seats with him, tried to put the blame on his girlfriend," said Supervisory Assistant States Attorney Dave Strollo in court on Wednesday.

Travisano was hit while at the intersection of Foxon Road and Paul Street on Saturday around 8:30 p.m., according to police. She died at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Santomassino's attorney, Willie Dow, said "The evidence I believe based on what I've read so far, shows that the descendent was walking across the roadway, between two signals, not in a crosswalk, at night, in an unlit area." 

Santomassimo's 2013 Chevrolet Silverado was recorded on an officer's dash cam as he was pulling up to the scene. On Wednesday, police released the dash cam that shows the car leaving the scene.

The video shows the cruiser traveling through the Country House parking lot as the officer was enroute to another, unrelated call. Then, the video shows a 2013 Chevy Silverado with apparent front end damage driving by.

"Not thinking anything of it, the officer takes a right out of the parking lot and immediately sees the victim laying in the street. It wasn’t until the video was reviewed that we realized the evading vehicle was captured on the officers previous minute of recording before he turned his lights on," East Haven Police Lt. Joseph M. Murgo said in a statement on Wednesday.  

Murgo said the dash cam video "technology has proved useful for us and played a huge part in apprehending the suspects."

Santomassimo was charged with evading responsibility and interfering with a police officer. Suraci was charged with interfering with a police officer and hindering prosecution.  

Both were arraigned in New Haven Superior Court on Wednesday. Following their arraignments, Santomassimo was held on $200,000 bond while Suraci was released on a promise to appear in court. Suraci was given an electronic monitoring device.

Santomassimo and Suraci are scheduled to appear in court again on Dec. 22. 

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