Vehicle in Police Custody Not Confirmed or Ruled Out in Fatal Hit-and-Run

Police are continuing to investigate the hit-and-run that killed a 61-year-old Middletown grandmother who was putting a letter into her mailbox on March 31 and said they have not confirmed nor ruled out whether a vehicle they have in custody was involved.

A vehicle struck Barbara Eddinger, 61, on Chamberlain Road around 2:15 p.m. that day and Lifestar flew her to a hospital, where she later died.

Witnesses described the vehicle that struck Eddinger as a late-model midsize two-tone SUV that was driving on the wrong side of the road. 

On Friday, police said they have a dark blue SUV in their custody and called it a vehicle of interest, but have not confirmed nor ruled out whether it was involved in the crash.

The owner of the vehicle has cooperated with officers during the investigation, police said.

"Because we have not confirmed what vehicle was involved in the accident or who the operator was, we are still asking for the public to come forward with any and all information. No matter how small the detail is, we will follow the lead," a statement from police says. 

Investigators are asking anyone who sees any dark SUV with front-end damage or has information on the crash to call police at 860-638-4000.

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