Reward offered for fatal Route 58 hit-and-run info

05/29/2014 7:20 AM |
COURTESY PHOTO | Kristina Tfelt with her 1-year-old son, Joseph, in a photo dated August 2012.

COURTESY PHOTO | Kristina Tfelt with her 1-year-old son, Joseph, in a photo dated August 2012.

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers have are offering a reward to the public after police said on Thursday morning that the driver in a fatal hit-and-run on Route 58 last year still remains at large. 

Suffolk County Police said the driver — described by police as a black male with medium brown skin, clean shaven with a medium build — had fled on foot, along with a passenger, after the crash that killed 26-year-old Kristina Tfelt. Ms. Tfelt had been on her way home from picking up groceries for a friend’s barbecue while crossing Route 58 near Woodcrest Avenue on July 16, 2013.

Riverhead Town police said Ms. Tfelt — a 26-year-old mother of one — was hit by a 2000 Cadillac Deville sedan that jumped had the curb and crashed into a retaining wall after striking the woman.

The driver of the Cadillac and a passenger in the car had ditched the Cadillac after the crash, both running from the scene headed south on Woodcrest Avenue, according to a police statement issued at the time of the fatal crash.

Police found Ms. Tfelt lying unconscious in the eastbound lanes of Route 58. She was rushed to Peconic Bay Medical Center, but was pronounced dead, police said.

A $5,000 cash reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest. Calls can be made anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS, or the Riverhead Police Department at 631-727-4500 ext. 318.

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