Police describe car, driver, in fatal Bethel hit and run

BETHEL — Town police on Thursday released a more detailed description of the car and driver involved in a hit and run crash that led to the death of a cyclist from Weston on Sunday.

The car that initially hit Thomas Steinert-Threlkeld, 59, at Old Hawleyville Road and Route 302 on Sunday before fleeing is described as a medium to dark gray or silver sedan with tinted windows. Police said it may have been an Acura.

Witnesses told police Steinert-Threlkeld hit the vehicle between its rear passenger door and rear bumper and the collision may have caused damage to that area of the car.

The driver was described as a man in his early to mid 20s who was either white or Hispanic and had a thin line of facial hair along his jaw line. Police described him as having a medium build and wearing an ear ring in his left ear and a white t-shirt on the day of the crash.

Steinert-Threlkeld was knocked from his bicycle after the initial collision and a second car hit him as he lay in the road. He later died of his injuries.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Cpl. Christos or Sgt. Pugner at (203) 744-7900.

Dennis O'Malley