New tragic details about the life cut short in a hit-and-run accident this weekend have emerged: Middlebury resident Meghan Beebe, 21, had just fulfilled her graduation requirements at University of Massachusetts-Amherst only weeks prior to her death. There, the Westover School graduate studied sociology, played intramural soccer, and helped raise funds for anti-domestic violence campaigns.
“There are no words to convey the heartbreak we all feel at the senseless loss of this beautiful young life,” said Westover Head of School Ann Pollina of the late student. “All we can do is try to honor Meghan’s strength, joy, courage and caring by recognizing that her life is, in the words of Cicero, placed in the memory of the living. We owe this world and those who remain in it an extra measure of our mindful love and attention to compensate for all that Meghan daily offered to those around her.”
According to court documents, Greenwich Police were able to track down the man responsible for her death by collecting and identifying fragments of his modified Pontiac G6 broken off in the collision. Part numbers indicated the make and model of the vehicle, which was on Sunday was found parked and unoccupied in the same Williams Street parking lot. Police found the vehicle registered in Cherepov’s name, and were able to obtain a warrant and locate him in the area a short time later.
Update (12:39 p.m.)
Vyacheslav Cherepov has pleaded not guilty to charges of second-degree manslaughter and evading responsibility at his hearing in Superior Court in Stamford Monday morning.
Judge Bruce Hudock ruled to increase Cherepov’s bond from $500,000 to $750,000, despite calls from the suspect’s public defender Howard Ehring to decrease it to $150,000.
According to court officials, Cherepov, who is a resident alien from Russia, has been living in the United States for 13 years, all of them in Connecticut. He had been employed full-time at the Byram restaurant where he worked for two months.
Update (11:01 a.m.)
Greenwich Police have identified the victim of a hit-and-run as Meghan Beebe, 21, of Middlebury.
Greenwich Police have arrested the alleged driver in a hit-and-run incident that claimed the life of a 21-year-old Middlebury woman in Byram Saturday morning. Court officials indicate that Vyacheslav Cherepov, 26, of Ridgefield, remains in police custody on $500,000 bail.
Cherepov is scheduled to be arraigned at noon in Superior Court in Stamford.
At approximately 2 a.m. Saturday morning, a red Pontiac G6 struck and dragged a young woman in the Williams Street parking lot near the state border before fleeing the scene. The victim was transported to Stamford Hospital’s Emergency Room, but subsequently died as a result of her injuries.
The woman, a student, had been retrieving items from a car in the William Street lot prior to being struck.
According to Greenwich Police, the suspect returned to the scene in the offending vehicle Sunday evening.
“A diligent patrol officer located the vehicle in the William Street parking lot,” said Lt. Kraig Gray of the Greenwich Police.”
A subsequent investigation determined that its driver, Cherepov, was employed at a nearby restaurant.
Found in the area, Cherepov was confronted by police detectives, and his car and its undercarriage checked.
“We were able to develop probable cause and make the arrest,” said Gray.
Trucks arrived to tow the vehicle shortly thereafter, and GPD units escorted both Cherepov and his Pontiac out of Byram.
So far, Cherepov is only facing charges for evading responsibility, according to court reports.
Initial releases described the operator as a young man with dark, buzzed hair and a light to medium complexion. He was last reported as wearing a long sleeve shirt and a gold chain and cross. Police had been searching for a dark red Pontiac G6 model year 2005-2010 with tinted windows and Connecticut plates since Sunday afternoon.