Middletown Police Seize Vehicle Believed Involved in Bassett's Hit-and-Run Death

Video surveillance led Middletown and State Police investigators to seize the motor vehicle that may have killed 15-year-old Cailyn Bassett of Clinton Friday night as she walked on Saybrook Road.


Middletown Police are collecting evidence from a vehicle they suspect was involved in Friday night’s fatal hit-and-run accident that took the life of Clinton teen Cailyn Bassett as she walked along Saybrook Road.

Bassett, 15 and a 10th-grader at the Morgan School in Clinton, was struck and killed in Middletown on Dec. 7 at 5:45 p.m., police said, near the intersection of Coe Avenue.

“We have a vehicle of interest that is being processed with the Connecticut State Police major crime squad,” Middletown Police Lt. Heather Desmond said. Officers were led to the vehicle after obtaining video surveillance from the area, allowing them to “identify the vehicle that it would probably be,” she said.

The vehicle investigators seized is not a car, she said, but declined to offer information about it or the suspected driver.

“Until we confirm one way or another, I’m not going to give any descriptors because if it turns out it’s not the vehicle, I don’t want to falsely accuse anybody,” Desmond said.

Clinton Superintendent of Schools Jack Cross confirmed that Cailyn has a younger sister and two younger brothers, and was a member of the Church of the Open Door.

It’s unclear how long processing will take, Desmond said. The gathering of information typically takes a few hours and then some of it will be sent to the lab.

Although this incident is considered severe enough to put it at the top of the lab’s priorities, the medical examiner’s office handles cases for the entire state, so the swiftness of evidence processing depends upon caseload. 

MAMA December 10, 2012 at 10:07 PM
Exciting news...fingers crossed!
Nancy Cordero December 10, 2012 at 11:09 PM
Thank god! At least they wont have to wonder anymore thats so stressful! Still so unbelievable this family has to endure this my heart is broken for them. God bless them.
Shannon December 10, 2012 at 11:22 PM
I hope the person responsible cant live with themself and does the right thing by turning themself in. It's the only thing to do. I know that family and I am keeping them in my prayers
susan alon December 11, 2012 at 03:46 PM
The Basset family lives across the street my shop. On Sunday the great-grandmother asked to park in front and she ended up coming in for half an hour. She was a tower of strength, the aura of light around her was palatable. We talked about the unthinkable, the bad dream you cannot wake up from, and how the sister and mother were in shock. How could they not be? To meet this grandmother was a blessing, knowing the family has such a strong figure to hold them together. Their waiting is unbearable, the hours like years before they can bring her to rest. No amount of counseling can stay grief, nor should it. Death is final and the tragedy of such a young life ending has no words that can speak to such a void for the entire family. All our prayers are with them. We cannot take anothers grief from them only recognize how fragile each our lives are, and do our best each day like it is our last. We never know... We are a small community, each death is so personal because we knew a bright young woman who is no longer here. It becomes our own to deal with as well, and may the family be comforted that their sorrow is shared by so many.


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