Police ask public for help finding Jeep connected to fatal Fairfield hit-and-run
Police are asking the public for help in locating a vehicle involved in a July 4 fatal hit-and-run in Fairfield.
The victim has been identified as Marileidy Morel Araujo, 32, of Pennsylvania.
Morel Araujo was walking along Redding Road when police say the driver of a Jeep hit her and took off just before 8 p.m. Saturday.
Her fiance Danny Fernandez's family says she was visiting for the Fourth of July weekend from Pennsylvania where she had recently nursed him through a battle with COVID-19.
"She saved his life, she saved his life, so this is very hard," said Christine Fernandez, cousin of Danny Fernandez.
"My brother is devastated. He is devastated. He can not think how he's going to get past this," adds Dr. Denise Fernandez, sister of Danny Fernandez.
Police believe the vehicle that took off from the scene is a hunter green-colored Jeep Wrangler with large tires, and possible front end damage.
They say the top was off of the Jeep, and the doors were on at the time of the crash, and that there was a large American flag attached to the back.
Police say a clear marker lens from the Jeep was found at the scene.
They say the Jeep was last seen headed north on Redding Road at a high rate of speed.
Police believe at least two men were inside of the car at the time of the incident.
Police say they're also investigating a few Jeep rallies from over the holiday weekend that may be connected to the vehicle that left the scene.
Anyone with information or surveillance video is asked to contact Sgt. Michael Paris at 203-254-4862.