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Man faces 5 years in fatal hit and run crash

May 2, 2019

BRIDGEPORT — A city man is facing five years in prison after he pleaded guilty Thursday to a fatal hit and run crash in 2016.

Pearak Pha, 28, of Capitol Avenue, pleaded guilty to misconduct with a motor vehicle and felony evading.

Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Tiffany Lockshier said she is recommending Pha serve five years in prison, but Superior Court Judge Frank Iannotti said Pha’s lawyer can argue for a lesser term at the sentencing hearing on July 29.

On June 25, 2016, 81-year-old Gaspar Esteves was standing outside the driver’s side of his pickup truck which was parked outside his sister’s home on Arlington Street when he was struck by a Volkswagen sedan. The sedan fled the scene leaving Esteves bleeding in the roadway.

Esteves later died at St. Vincent’s Medical Center.

The case remained unsolved until September 2017, when members of a state police unit raided an apartment on Capitol Avenue, police said.

During a search of the apartment, police said detectives found a set of car keys and the registration for a Volkswagen sedan that matched the description of the car involved in the hit and run. The car was owned by Pha, police said.

Police said the Volkswagen was later found under a tarp in a driveway on Taft Avenue. Police said the homeowner told them that Pha had left the car there telling the homeowner it had been involved in a crash.