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West Hartford Police Make Arrest in Albany Avenue Hit and Run [Updated]

West Hartford Police Department hybrid SUV. Courtesy photo (we-ha.com file photo)

The West Hartford Police Department charged a Hartford woman in the case involving the death of a 19-year-old Hartford man. [Updated, July 4]

Sharon Esson. Courtesy of West Hartford Police

By Ronni Newton

West Hartford Police said Thursday that a 53-year-old Hartford woman has been charged with one count of evading responsibility leading to the death of Isaac Alvarez, 19, of Hartford, in April.

Alvarez’s body was found by a runner on the morning of Friday, April 10, and police said at the time that he appeared to have been the victim of a hit and run crash.

Capt. Michael Perruccio said that a West Hartford Police Department investigation has identified both the vehicle and the operator involved in the fatal incident. A warrant was issued for Sharon Esson, and she turned herself in at the West Hartford Police Department headquarters and was charged Wednesday.

Police said that while no additional arrests are expected, the case continues to be under investigation.

According to David Owens at the Hartford Courant, a review of the warrant indicated that Esson was on her way home from work as a nurse at St. Mary Home in West Hartford, and Alvarez was skateboarding home from his job at McDonald’s in Bishops Corner when the the incident occurred.

Esson was initially held on $50,000 court set bond, pending her arraignment at GA#14 in Hartford, and has been released on a promise to appear, online court records indicate. She is due back in court on Aug. 5.

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