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Bridgeport driver who struck, killed 81-year-old man sent to prison

BRIDGEPORT  — A Connecticut driver who evaded authorities for three months after striking and killing an 81-year-old man has been sentenced to more than four years in prison.

The Connecticut Post reports that 28-year-old Pearak Pha was sentenced Tuesday in connection with the hit-and-run in Bridgeport in June 2016 that claimed the life of Gaspar Esteves.

Authorities say Esteves was standing outside his pickup when he was struck by a Volkswagen sedan that left the scene. He died at the hospital.

The case remained unsolved until September 2016, when police conducting a drug raid at a city apartment found keys and the registration of a car that matched the description of the car involved in the hit-and-run and belonged to Pha.

The Volkswagen was later found under a tarp in a driveway.

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