Young woman killed in hit-and-run in Waterbury, police searching for driver

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WATERBURY  — Police have made an arrest in connection with the hit and run death of a young mother on Monday.

Clara Hinton, 23, was charged with evading  responsibility and operating a motor vehicle causing serious physical injury or death. Her bond was set at $500,000.

She is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday.

According to authorities, Genesis Baez, 22, died after she was severely injured in the hit and run crash around 9:30 a.m. on Monday.

Police said a Chevy Malibu slammed into a Honda Civic Baez was standing beside on Bronson Street

Baez was rushed to Saint Mary’s Hospital with serious injuries to her head and upper body. She was pronounced dead around 11 a.m.

A passenger in the Honda was treated for a minor head injury.

Police say the driver of the Chevy escaped from their wrecked vehicle and fled the scene on foot.  Both cars sustained extensive damage in the accident.

Police described the driver who fled as a heavy-set female, approximately early 20’s, 5’6″-5’10″. They said the driver ran away from the area on Cooke St.

A police accident reconstruction team is investigating the crash.