Enfield person confesses to fatal crash, but can’t be charged

There’s no longer a statute of limitations on motor vehicle fatalities

ENFIELD, Conn. (AP) — Police say a person who confessed to a fatal hit-and-run crash in Enfield won’t be charged because the statute of limitations has expired.

Nineteen-year-old Johnathen Stewart was struck and killed while walking home from a friend’s house on Nov. 17, 2002. Despite an intense investigation, no arrest was ever made.

Enfield Police Chief Carl Sferrazza told the Hartford Courant that a person came in for questioning earlier this week and admitted to hitting Stewart. But the chief says that person — whose name was not released — can’t be charged because the statute of limitations expired in 2007.

Stewart’s family says it’s difficult to understand how someone can confess and not be charged.

The law has since been changed and there’s no longer a statute of limitations on motor vehicle fatalities.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press

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