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Stamford Cops: Woman's Tale To Evade Blame In Hit-And-Run Crash Falls Apart

Karen Hernandez
Karen Hernandez Photo Credit: Stamford Police Department

STAMFORD, Conn. — A woman's attempt to cover up her involvement in hit-and-run accident finally led police to persuade her boyfriend to lure her to his apartment so they could arrest her, Stamford Police said.

Karen Hernandez, 34, of Oakwood Place, is facing charges of falsely reporting an incident, evading responsibility, driving without a license, interfering with an officer and failure to grant right of way.

The story began just before 4 p.m. Monday when a southbound car on Stillwater Avenue was struck by a Toyota 4Runner coming out of Connecticut Avenue in Stamford, police said.

The 4Runner driver took of but not quickly enough — the other driver was able to record the license plate, get a look at the driver and call police.

Both vehicles had damage to their front ends, but there were no injuries, police said.

Officers discovered the 4Runner belonged to a Noble Street resident, but when they went there, the vehicle wasn't there and the owner wasn't at home, police said.

Later that night, police received a call from Hernandez, who reported that the Toyota 4Runner had been struck when she was visiting her boyfriend at his Myano Place residence, police said.

She explained to the Spanish-speaking officer that the vehicle belonged to her boyfriend's brother, police said.

Around that time, the officer who investigated the hit-and-run accident decided to return to the Noble Street residence and found the owner, police said.

However, he doesn't speak Spanish and asked for the officer investigating Hernandez's complaint to assist, police said. Neither officer knew of the connection between the two calls, Sgt. Simon Blanc said.

However, it soon became clear when the Noble Street resident who owned the 4Runner said he had let his brother's girlfriend drive the vehicle, Blanc said.

Officers went to her residence, but they were told she wasn't there, Blanc said.

The two officers, suspecting she was there, persuaded her boyfriend to contact her, police said.

After several attempts the boyfriend was able to talk to her and "lure" her to come to his Myano Lane apartment late Monday, Blanc said, at which point the officers arrested her in the hit-and-run crash.

She posted $2,000 bond.

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