Bridgeport native struck and killed by driver in Shelton while returning from work

A circle of mourners paid tribute to 64-year-old Bassick High School graduate Stephanie Ann Peterson, who grew up in Bridgeport but was now living on Howe Avenue in Shelton.

Nicole Alarcon Soares and Frank Recchia

Jan 18, 2024, 1:08 AM

Updated 177 days ago

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A candlelight vigil was held Wednesday night for a beloved member of the Bridgeport community who was hit and killed by a car.
A circle of mourners paid tribute to 64-year-old Bassick High School graduate Stephanie Ann Peterson, who grew up in Bridgeport but was now living on Howe Avenue in Shelton.
Her family says the beloved grandmother was coming home from her job at Stop & Shop in Ansonia just after midnight on Saturday, Jan. 6, when she was hit by a car while walking to her house a few hundred feet away.
Shelton Police told News 12 that the driver of the vehicle is cooperating with investigators, but they're not commenting yet on any possible charges.
Sue Yanez says her longtime friend leaves behind a legacy of love.
"She was a mom to everybody. She loved everybody. Stephanie had a goal, and that was to be the kindest person, and she succeeded; she succeeded. For her to be left on the side of the road, really breaks my heart," said Yanez.
The Shelton Accident Reconstruction Team and Shelton detectives determined she was struck by a car that evaded the scene.
Shelton Police did not share many details about their investigation, only sharing that the driver was identified as a female.
Friend and coworker Brianna Puccie remembered Ann Peterson as a selfless person.
"I know you're in a much better place; I know you're looking down on all of us," she said. 
Shelton police says they plan to make an arrest.


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