Police make arrest in Meriden hit-and-run that killed mom protecting daughter

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MERIDEN--Weeks after a young mother was killed while protecting her 7-year-old daughter, an arrest has been made.

On Tuesday, Alex Checa, 21, of Meriden, spoke to officers at the Meriden Police Department as part of their investigation into the hit-and-run, and they determined he was responsible for the death of Dania Cedeno-Delrosario on October 7.

Checa then turned himself in to Meriden Police on Wednesday at 3:40 p.m. after learning of a warrant out for his arrest.

Cedeno-Delrosario and her daughter, Denisse Guerrero, were getting out of their car and crossing the street when another vehicle approached them without slowing down. Cedeno-Delrosario quickly pushed her little girl out of the way, but she was hit by the car and thrown, eventually getting pinned under a parked car.

The vehicle suspected of hitting her drove off without stopping.

The vehicle that police say Checa was driving at the time of the crash was found in Patterson, New Jersey, and will be picked up by Meriden Police on Thursday to be processed back in Connecticut.

Checa is charged with evading responsibility causing the death of a person; tampering with or fabricating physical evidence; and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license. He is being held on $250,000 bond and will be in court on Thursday.