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Litchfield woman dies after being hit by SUV

LITCHFIELD — A 48-year-old Litchfield woman was killed when she was hit by an SUV while crossing busy Derry Road Friday night.

Police identified the victim as Debbie Craven.

Police said George Vasconellos, 20, of Hampstead, was driving a 1999 Jeep Cherokee westbound on Derry Road, also known as Route 102, when his vehicle struck Craven, who was trying to cross the street. Craven was pronounced dead at the scene.

Vasconellos was not injured.

Cpl. Heath Savage said police continue to investigate the accident and have not ruled out alcohol or drugs as a possible factor, either on the part of the driver or the pedestrian.

He said police are "getting full cooperation" from the driver. His vehicle was seized after the fatal accident.

No charges have been filed, Savage said.

The accident happened shortly before 9 p.m., and Savage said there are no street lights where it occurred.

"Somebody walking across the road, it would be difficult to see them unless they're wearing reflective clothing," he said.

Derry Road was closed from 9 p.m. until about 2 a.m. while the traffic accident reconstruction team from Hudson police assisted Litchfield in investigating the accident.



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