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Police: Heroin played role in fatal Watertown hit-and-run

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Police say a Connecticut movie theater owner who was struck by a hit-and-run driver has died.

According to the Republican-American, Miratit Ajro, 74, died Wednesday night at Waterbury Hospital.

Police believe Ajro was getting into his car after leaving the Country Cinema in Watertown on Tuesday night when he was hit by a car driven by Andrew Pighinni, 22, of Watertown.

Authorities say Ajro was thrown onto the windshield of Pighinni's car, which struck two other cars.

Ajro's cellphone was found stuck in Pighinni's windshield.

Pighinni has been charged with felony evading and failure to drive right.

Police believe he was driving under the influence of heroin and say more charges may be added.

It wasn't immediately clear if Pighinni has a lawyer who could respond to the allegations.

AP wire services helped contribute to this report.

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