Police ID Woman Struck and Killed in Vernon

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A 66-year-old woman has died after she was struck by a vehicle on Route 83 in Vernon on Tuesday night.

Police have identified her as 66-year-old Maria Oltheten, of Vernon.

Police said officers were called to Talcottville Road around 9:20 p.m. and found Oltheten in the road after she was hit by a vehicle.

The driver who struck her, a 44-year-old Middletown man, stayed at the scene and spoke with investigators, police said. He was not hurt in the crash.

A Cumberland Farms, Spare Time Entertainment and a number of other businesses are located opposite of where it happened. Police are trying to figure out if Oltheten was trying to get to or from one of those places when she was killed.

"Route 83 is a heavily traveled roadway, but something we will be looking at is the conditions and the actions of the pedestrian as well as the operator to determine what caused this crash," said Vernon Police Department Lt. William Meier.

Route 83 was closed between Dobson Road and Merline Road while police investigated, but it has since reopened.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call Vernon Police.

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