Police Release Surveillance Video in Hit-and-Run - NBC Connecticut

Police Release Surveillance Video in Hit-and-Run



    Police urge anyone with information on a hit and run in Hartford near Maple Ave and Adelaide St. to come forward. (Published Friday, Dec. 13, 2013)

    New surveillance video exclusively released to NBC Connecticut shows the car involved in a deadly hit-and-run in Hartford last month. Police are asking for the public's help in locating the person responsible.

    Authorities are still searching for the driver who hit and killed 34-year-old Roberto Cruz of Hartford. He was struck by a car and killed in the early morning hours on Novemeber 24th. 

    In grainy surveillance video, you can see other vehicles drive by seconds before the incident on Maple Avenue. When comparing speed, you can see the suspected car is traveling much faster. Investigators say the driver was going over the speed limit.

    Cruz is seen at the top right of the screen attempting to cross the road before he's struck.

    Moments later, the vehicle passes a nearby Citgo and video there captures the suspected car and shows what appears to be damage to the front right of the vehicle.

    Police describe the vehicle as a four-door 2004 to 2006 Infinite G35 with silver/gray coloring. 

    Investigators believe the vehicle received damage to its lens, headlamp, and is missing an amber light.  While there are crosswalks in the area of Maple Avenue and Adelaide Street, investigators are not certain if Cruz was on one at the time he was struck.

    Those who cross the intersection say it can be a dangerous area and that cars sometimes fly.

    "It's very bad," said Jose Rubert. "It makes you think, 'Is somebody going to hit me crossing the street?'"

    "That area of Maple Avenue can be tricky and possibly given 2.30am, the suspect driver may have been coming from a bar, so that could be something else we're looking at," said Lt. Brian Foley.

    In the video you can see it appears the Infinite crosses into another lane momentarily. Investigators say the victim was walking to his home on Otis Street. While they've spoken to witnesses, they have not been able to locate the vehicle or a suspect, but a witness did tell police there was more than one person in the car.

    Anyone with  information on this case is asked to contact Hartford Police at 860-757-4440.