Man pleads not guilty in fatal Southington hit-and-run

Man pleads not guilty in fatal Southington hit-and-run


Edward Fascendini, 46, of Plainville at his arraignment in Bristol Superior Court, Thursday, May 9, 2013. | File photo

BRISTOL — A Plainville man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges in a fatal hit-and-run accident on Queen Street in Southington after the February blizzard.

Edward Fascendini, 46, of 66 Whiting St., was arrested in May and charged with felony misconduct with a motor vehicle and three counts of evading responsibility. Fascendini was on parole at the time of the Feb. 12 accident and has been in custody as detectives continued to investigate the case.

In Bristol Superior Court Tuesday, Fascendini entered the not guilty pleas through his lawyer, Robert Cohen. The prosecutor said contact has been made with the deceased victim’s family, but not with the injured victim. The final investigation report from the Southington police was delivered to the state’s attorney’s office Monday. The prosecutor said it is in “two or three big binders” and he will be providing the information to Cohen.

The case was continued until Oct. 25 for a pretrial hearing. As he was being led out of the courtroom Fascendini, wearing tan prison shirt and pants, smiled back at someone in the audience.

According to the arrest warrant, shortly after 10 p.m. on Feb. 12, Yan Qiao “Joanne” Chen, Hong “Rita” Yang and Liu “Emily” Huai, all 23, were walking south along the northbound lane of Queen Street near Aircraft Road, police said. At the time, the sidewalks along Queen Street were still covered with snow from the major snowstorm of Feb. 8 and 9.

Fascendini was driving a white Dodge pickup truck north on Queen Street when the women were struck and Fascendini did not stop, police have said. Fascendini was arrested after police found evidence from the truck at the scene and obtained witness statements, according to the arrest warrant.

Chen died as a result of her injuries.

The three women had just finished a shift at Gobi Mongolian Grill, 855 Queen St., and had been walking to their home on Upson Drive at the time of the accident. Yang and Huai have not been able to work since the accident and are still recovering from their injuries, a coworker said. (203) 317-2225 Twitter: @LaurenSievertRJ

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