North Haven police have released new details in the case of a 57-year-old woman who was killed in a hit-and-run crash while walking with her teenage sons Monday.
Police said Maureen Munzner was walking with her two sons on Ridge Road when she was hit by the driver of a red Ford Fusion around 5:30 p.m. She was pronounced dead a short time later.
“This is really hitting our community hard,” said Rev. Jack Perkins Davidson of the Spring Glen Church.
The pastor is among the many mourning the death of Maureen Munzner.
“She’s a loving person, very warm, very creative and very giving and very quiet about that generosity in a way that just makes everybody fall in love with her.”
The pastor says Munzner and her family have been long-time members of Spring Glen Church in Hamden.
The driver of the Ford Fusion fled the scene after the collision, according to officers. Police said witnesses chased after the vehicle but the driver did not stop.
Police said a short time later, a man called 911 reporting that he hit a deer on Mount Carmel Road with his 2008 red Ford Fusion. The car had significant front-end damage and a smashed windshield. According to police, the man gave inconsistent stories about the crash.
Investigators seized the Ford Fusion and the driver has been identified, police said. The North Haven Police Department is working with the State’s Attorney’s Office, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, and the Connecticut Forensic Laboratory on the case.
"The deceased victim and her family are owed an appropriate investigation, and our efforts will result in determining all of the facts associated with this tragedy," police wrote in a Facebook post.
Despite being angry, the pastor is praying for whoever is responsible.
“That they take some accountability to help at least provide some healing for this family in the wake of this tragedy and hoping for some healing for themselves as well.”
For now people are remembering Munzner who was active at church, in town and in the schools.
On Monday, the pastor expects the church to be packed for the funeral.
“I’m sure there will be some tears and there will be some laughter as we remember the amazing person that she was and the person she will always be to us.”
Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to contact North Haven police.