City man expected to be charged in Hartford fatality

Published on Monday, 31 July 2017 22:46
Written by LISA BACKUS


HARTFORD - Police are expected to charge a New Britain man in the death of a woman who was hit by a stolen sport-utility vehicle in Hartford July 18.

Hartford police obtained an arrest warrant Friday charging Deykevious Russaw, 18, with first-degree assault, larceny and evading in the crash. But the warrant had not yet been served since Russaw is already being held on unrelated charges, Hartford Deputy Chief Brian Foley said.

According to state Department of Correction officials, Russaw has been held at a correctional facility in Hartford since July 20 on $1 million bond on a murder charge.

Court officials said no public information is available about that arrest.

Russaw was allegedly driving an SUV stolen in West Hartford on his 18th birthday, July 18, when he struck Rosella Shuler and a male pedestrian in the area of Ashley and Sigourney streets in Hartford.

The occupants of the stolen vehicle ran off. Hartford police were able to identify the driver, from video from a surveillance camera and from information supplied by witnesses, Foley said.

Shuler was found unresponsive and critically injured at the scene, Hartford police said. She was taken to St. Francis Hospital, where she died Saturday.

An autopsy determined that she died of blunt-force injuries to her lower extremities and trunk, and her death was ruled a homicide, a representative of the Office of the Chief State Medical Examiner said Monday.

The man who was struck was not seriously injured, Foley said.

Hartford police are now asking to have the warrant charging Russaw with first-degree assault vacated, Foley said, and detectives are in the process of obtaining a new warrant charging him with Shuler’s death.

The accident occurred as Hartford police are dealing with a rash of stolen vehicles involved in police chases, as well as the killing of 63-year-old Jeffrey Worrell, who died when hit by a stray bullet as he sat on a park bench on July 16.

Police charged an 18-year-old man as a juvenile with murder in the death of Worrell. The name of the suspect in that case has not been released.

Hartford police, with the help of New Britain detectives, surrounded a building on Horseplain Road in New Britain looking for information on the slaying on July 17. Three people hiding in a bathroom in one of the apartments were taken in for questioning and then released, Foley said.

New Britain school officials said Russaw had been enrolled in school as of a few months ago. Due to privacy concerns, officials said they could not say why Russaw left the school system.

Hartford police confirmed that Russaw is from New Britain, but said his address listed on arrest papers is 188 Sigourney St., Hartford, where his father lives.

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Posted in New Britain Herald, General News, New Britain on Monday, 31 July 2017 22:46. Updated: Monday, 31 July 2017 23:13.