Man killed in New Haven hit-and-run identified

NEW HAVEN -- Police have identified a motorcyclist who was killed in a hit-and-run crash Monday evening.

Mark M Hoffler, 51, of New Haven, died as a result of the crash. Police were called to the scene at 10:37 PM Monday night after the operator of the motorcycle was hit and then thrown near Fitch Street which is several blocks away.

Police said the crash happened in the area of Whalley Avenue and Central Avenue. The car took off and eastbound on Whalley Avenue reportedly at a high rate of speed. According to witnesses, the victim went through the windshield before hitting the ground.

Police said the car’s grille was found at the crash scene. "A check of the part number shows it was for a 2002 Mercury Sable. Witnesses said it was a dull finished light grey in color. The car has front-end damage and a substantial hole in the windshield." It was located Tuesday morning on Beaver Hill Road in New Haven and taken to the police garage.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact them immediately.

The crash remains under investigation.