Family of hit and run victim ask for public help in locating driver
The family of a Stamford man who was seriously injured after a hit and run are asking the public for help in bringing those responsible to justice.
Yovany De La Rosa Vasquez, 45, suffered a broken neck and brain injury. He cannot speak, breathe on his own, or even recognize that he is visiting family.
“He just opens his eyes like maybe a few seconds and then closes them,” says Rosemery Vega De La Rosa, the victim’s niece.
De La Rosa Vasquez has been in critical condition for more than two weeks since police said a car hit him as he was walking on Wilson Street near the I-95 bridge.
Another driver saw the victim and called 911.
“He might have tried to cross the street, he might have walked on the pavement. We don’t know,” said the sergeant. Jeffrey Booth of Stamford Police.
Yovani De La Rosa Vasquez lives not far from Wilson Street, about a five-minute walk away. Police believe he may have been returning home after doing some shopping. They say they found items like eggs and a salad in his backpack.
“It’s dark in there but from what I’ve seen there’s no way they wouldn’t know they hit something,” Booth said.
Police believe a dark-colored four-door sedan, possibly an Acura TL with a sunroof and an unknown Connecticut license plate, was involved in the incident.
They believe at least three people were inside and say a security camera saw her stop briefly nearby where a person exited to inspect the car for damage before leaving.
“I don’t know how they could even sleep at night because I can’t even think about what happened. What if it happened to their family? How would they feel about it?” said Vega De La Rosa.
All they want is for those responsible to be caught and hope that by sharing their pain someone will come forward.
“They left a person literally dying and no one should be treated that way,” said Vega De La Rosa.
Police are hoping to hear from anyone who knows anything about the incident or the car they are looking for.
Anyone with information can contact the Stamford Police Crash Analysis and Reconstruction Team at 203-977-4712 or Sgt. Jeffrey Booth at firstname.lastname@example.org.