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Suspect Arrested For 2017 Fatal Hit-Run Crash In Fairfield County

Pearak Pha, 27
Pearak Pha, 27 Photo Credit: Bridgeport Police Department

The Bridgeport Police Traffic Division have made an arrest in the fatal hit and run accident that took the life of 81-year-old Gasper Esteves of Bridgeport in 2017.

Esteves was standing outside of his Ford Ranger in front of his sister's house on Arlington Street when he was struck by a Volkswagen Passat on June 25, said Av Harris, spokesman for the Bridgeport Police Department.

The driver failed to stop and fled the scene. Esteves was transported to St Vincent's Hospital in critical condition and was pronounced dead a few hours later, police said.

An investigation into the accident by the Traffic Division Accident Investigation Team determined that Pearak Pha, 27, of Bridgeport, was the driver of the Volkswagen, police said.

An arrest warrant was issued for Pha and he was located by Officer Sam McKelvie on Ogden Street on Wednesday, March 28, and taken into custody, Harris said.

Pha was charged with misconduct with a motor vehicle and felony evading responsibility and is being held on $50,000 bond.

Officer Pedro Garcia was the lead investigator on the case.

This is the second fatal Bridgeport crash closed this week.On Tuesday, March 27, Joseph Guzman-Rivera was served with a warrant at a court appearance prepared by Bridgeport Police Traffic Division Officer Michael Falbo for the fatal crashes that caused the death of a Bridgeport woman and severely injured 2 pedestrians on August 10, 2017.

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