A man who was accused in a deadly hit and run in Middletown is no longer facing a negligent homicide charge.

In March of 2016, 61-year-old Barbara “Bobbi” Eddinger was hit by a car while she was going to her mailbox.

She died as a result of her injuries.

It happened on Chamberlain Road, where the suspect fled after hitting Eddinger.

The following April, police arrested food delivery driver then 47-year-old Charles Leroy Demoranville of Haddam, as a suspect.

He was charged with homicide with a motor vehicle and evading responsibility.

On Monday, the negligent homicide charge against Demoranville was dropped after the state said there was no forensic evidence.

Sources told Eyewitness News in April of 2016 that police had received a phone tip from someone who ordered Chinese food in the area around the time of the hit-and-run.

According to the arrest warrant, two people came forward saying a food delivery man was in the area the day of the crime and when he came to the door, he was "rude and in a rush" and also looked his he was "starting to sweat."

Charles Demoranville delivers Chinese food, and police had confirmed that Demoranville was delivering food from a Middletown restaurant at the time of the incident.

The SUV he was driving was confiscated by police, along with cell phones.

An interfering with police charge against Demoranville was not dropped. He was found guilty of that and will get a conditional discharge, which is less than probation.

Eddinger who owned a gardening business in Middletown, was well known in the community.

The family wasn't in court on Monday, but Channel 3 spoke with them on the phone.

They said they are disappointed with the outcome, recognizing it was a difficult case.

They say they are thankful for all the police work and what the attorneys did with the case.

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