Suspect Charged In Fatal Incident

STAMFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) – A woman has been arrested for a fatal hit-and-run accident in Stamford on Easter Sunday.

As WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane reported, the victim was identified as Margarita Gonzalez, 70, the mother of a veteran Stamford police investigator.

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According to police, Gonzalez was leaving a family Easter gathering around 6:45 p.m. Sunday when she was fatally struck.

Yolanda McDowell, 45, allegedly pulled around stopped cars on Woodland Avenue and struck Gonzalez and another vehicle before feeling the scene, police said.

A witness followed McDowell’s minivan and called 911, according to police.

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“The operator did go out of her way and did follow, did everything we could have asked as far as getting a good description, confirming the license plate,” Stamford Police Sgt. Andrew Gallagher said. “McDowell made several statements both to the investigators who arrested her and then a subsequent interview and did indicate that she did not know that she had struck a pedestrian.”

McDowell was driving a borrowed Chrysler minivan, which was traced by the license plate number and found in her driveway.

She has been charged with manslaughter with a motor vehicle and felony evading responsibility. She was being held on $250,000 bond ahead of her arraignment Monday.

An investigation continues. Anyone with additional information is asked to contact the Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Squad.

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