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Affidavit: Cab Driver Stopped Fleeing Van In Deadly Stamford Accident

Karina Tinajero, an 18-year-old senior at Stamford High, died of her injuries after she was hit by a van on Strawberry Hill Avenue in November.
Karina Tinajero, an 18-year-old senior at Stamford High, died of her injuries after she was hit by a van on Strawberry Hill Avenue in November. Photo Credit: GoFundMe

STAMFORD, Conn. -- A cab driver chased a driver fleeing in a van that struck and killed a Stamford High School student last month according to an arrest affidavit, The Stamford Advocate reported.

The affidavit said the cab driver witnessed the accident in which a van driven by Wilson Villa-Cabrera struck Karina Tinajero, 18, as she was crossing Strawberry Hill Avenue to take a SAT test at nearby Stamford High School. Tinajero was thrown 60 feet after she was struck by a driver heading southbound in a 2000 Chevrolet Express at 7:28 a.m. on Nov. 5. She was not in a crosswalk. Tinajero was transported to Stamford Hospital, where she died as a result of her injuries, police said.

Villa-Cabrera, 37, of Fieldstone Road, was arrested on a felony charge of misconduct with a motor vehicle. The report said police determined Villa-Cabrera, who owns a home improvement business, was on his way to pick up an employee. He was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol, according to police.

The taxi driver who chased down Villa-Cabrera did not believe the van exceeded the posted 25 miles per hour speed limit, according to the affidavit.

Click here for the story in The Advocate.

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