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Police, States Attorney Considering Upgraded Charges In Delivery Van Crash

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Hartford Police Department shield at the Public Safety Complex. Photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer.

Hartford Police Department shield at the Public Safety Complex. Photo by WTIC’s Matt Dwyer.

Authorities are now considering more serious charges in a grocery store delivery van crash, now that a pedestrian who was hit has died.

The crash took place July 11.  Eighty-three year-old Maria Santos has died Wednesday.

Hartford Police Sergeant Glendaly Garcia says the new charges could include manslaughter with a motor vehicle, but that would have to be approved by the states attorney’s office, and a final decision has not been made yet.

Police are meeting with the states attorney.

Victor Morales was backing out of a parking area at the C-Town on Park Street, when he struck the woman.

She suffered massive injuries, underwent several surgeries, and was awaiting another operation at the time of her death, according to a family attorney.

Morales allegedly ran from the scene of the crash, but returned and spoke to police about a half an hour later.

Morales has been released on bond.  He is wearing a G-P-S unit from Immigration and Customs Enforcement because of questions about his immigration status.

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