70-Year-Old Woman Killed in Hit-and-Run in Stamford

Monday, Apr 21, 2014  |  Updated 9:11 AM EDT
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70-Year-Old Woman Killed in Hit-and-Run in Stamford

A 70-year-old Stamford woman was killed in a hit-and-run on Sunday night and police arrested the suspected driver after a witness called 911 with the license plate number and a description of the car.

The crash happened on Woodland Avenue in Stamford near Atlantic Street at 6:48 p.m.

Police said the woman was crossing Woodland Avenue when a 2002 Chrysler Voyager minivan heading west on Woodland Avenue drove over the double yellow line, went into the eastbound lane to pass stopped cars and struck the pedestrian. 

The Chrysler kept going west in the eastbound lane and hit a 2008 Nissan Versa that had stopped to allow the pedestrian to cross the street, police said.

A witness followed the car and called 911.

About an hour later, officers from the Stamford Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation found the Chrysler in the driveway of a home on Durant Street, where they took Yolanda McDowell, 45, into custody.

She was charged with second-degree manslaughter with a motor vehicle and felony evading responsibility. 

She has been held on $250,000 bond and will be arraigned at Stamford Superior Court on Monday.

Police have not identified the victim.

Police said several witnesses helped Stamford Police in the investigation, which is ongoing. 

Anyone with additional information should call the Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Squad. 

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