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Police Make Arrest in Crash That Killed Toddler

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    Police have secured an arrest warrant in connection with the hit-and-run that killed 17-month-old Montez Stanley Jr. in June 2009.

    Montez was riding in a Ford Escape at Division and Mansfield streets just before 11 p.m. on June 6, 2009 when the driver of a Mercedes ran a stop sign and hit the SUV, police said. The driver of the Ford lost control and flip onto a parked car. Montez died after hitting his or her head on the roof of the car. Police say he was not in a car seat.

    Hit-and-Run Suspect

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    New Haven police arrest the man they say was responsible for the 2009 hit-and-run that killed a toddler. (Published Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010)

    The arrest warrant charges Christian Hicks, 28, of Bridegeport, with felony evading responsibility and carries a court set bond of $250,000.  

    Police said Hicks significantly altered his physical appearance to elude apprehension, but was taken into custody without a fight when officers identified him.

    The toddler's mother, Mauricia Stanley, 17, suffered a major spinal injury. The child's grandmother and an 11-year-old child made it out OK.

    Police were able to determine the type of vehicle involved in the crash through a license plate bracket left behind at scene.

    After the crash, police reached out for help to locate the driver. Soon after the crash, police thought they had the vehicle involved in the crash but it turned out not to be the correct one.

    The United States Marshal Service conducted a vigorous search for Hicks over the course of the past week, New Haven officials said.