Checkpoint Helps Provide Some Info, But More Needed in Hit and Run

Three local woman were injured, one critically, in a Tuesday evening accident and police are still seeking help in locating the SUV involved.

The Southington Police Department conducted an informational checkpoint along Queen Street Wednesday as part of an effort to collect further information regarding a hit and run accident that left three woman injured Tuesday night, but officers still need help in locating an SUV said to have been involved.

From 9:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, officers stood at the checkpoint, questioning motorists in an effort to gain more information regarding the incident, Sgt. Jeffrey Dobratz said Thursday.

"The Southington Police Department conducted an informational checkpoint on Queen Street in the area of the accident scene," Dobratz said. "This was an attempt to gather information from potential witnesses to the hit and run accident that occurred (the previous night)."

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"During the course of the checkpoint Officers spoke with several potential witnesses and are following up with the information they received during the checkpoint," he said.

Three woman, all 23-years-old, suffered injuries around 10:20 p.m. Tuesday after a white or light colored SUV struck them in the norhtbound lanes of Route 10 in the area of the Outback Steakhouse on Queen Street, police said.

Police said Yan Qiao "Joanne" Chen, Huai "Emily" Liu and Yang "Rita" Hong, all of Southington, suffered injuries in the hit and run accident.

According to initial police reports, the three women were walking toward the side of the road but in the street heading southbound in the northbound lanes. The unknown SUV proceeded to strike the women before driving off in a northern direction, the police report said.

On Thursday, police said Hong has been released after receiving treatment at St. Mary's Hospital. Liu and Chen each remain at Hartford Hospital with Liu listed in stable condition and Chen remaining in critical condition. The exact extent of their injuries has not been released.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Officer Timothy Wilk at (860) 378-1600, ext. 2352, or via email at twilk@southingtonpolice.org. Southington Police Dispatch can also be contacted at (860) 621-0101.

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SOUTHINGTON MAN February 15, 2013 at 04:34 PM
I'm not sure this is legal, checkpoint for information?? I know you’re trying to solve a crime, but checkpoints, stops and 4th amendment supersedes this investigation. Supreme Court ruling on DUI checkpoints states, “there must a 24 hours “public” notice of where and when, before any checkpoint is conducted”. Unless there is a pending threat. This is to make sure we don’t turn into communist Russia. Again 3 people were hurt and a crime was commented but I don’t believe we suspend our rights to find this person. What if they are looking for me?? Can we set up a checkpoint to ask the public if they have seen me?? Can we now set up a checkpoint to ask if we know someone that has committed “any crime:” Thank about the implications of random checkpoints.
michael schneider February 15, 2013 at 07:37 PM
I wonder if you'd be writing this Mr. Nameless if it was your wife or daughter !!!!!!!!
SOUTHINGTON MAN February 15, 2013 at 10:05 PM
I do think about that, that's why it worries me. I don't like my kids felt up at the airport either chasing someone that that may or may not have worked for the CIA in the past, Osama Binladen worked with the CIA to rid the Russians from Afghanistan, or Anwar al-Awlaki who was invited to the pentagon and ate at the White House. I like my freedom and any criminal can be caught without sacrificing my rights. It's been done for over 200 years just fine.. And being nameless draws more impact to your post; as you can see your intrigued by that...
Nameless Person February 16, 2013 at 11:47 AM
It seems to me that the whole checkpoint business is akin to the seatbelt check -- useless. Regardless of constitutional violations, the best information is from an eye witness whom I would think in such a incident would come forward. What the cops ought to be doing is policing drivers on the streets. One does not have to look far to see out statistics for traffic violations are woeful. With all the crusiers available, I see more cops doing private duty at construction sites than ticketing speeders, cell phone violators and the dirtballs who run traffic lights or don't stop at stop signs. Let's not make this a political statement. Three innocent woman were injured of whom one died, and nobody, including the cops, has a clue. Let's just hope that some good citizen comes forward or that forensic evidence is there for the detectives to see. I wouldn't disagree with S-Man not using his real name. Frankly he wasn't foul or nasty and he deserves to be heard from the nameless crowd.
Angela February 18, 2013 at 05:12 AM
I hope they find the heartless coward that hit these women!


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