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UConn police searching for leads in fatal hit-and-run accident

by Richard Veilleux - January 29, 2007

Nearly 100 UConn students traveled to Holmdel, N.J., this weekend to say their final goodbyes to freshman Carlee Wines, who died Jan. 22, two days after being struck on North Eagleville Road by a hit-and-run driver.

UConn police, meanwhile, continued combing through numerous tips and comments sent their way by phone, e-mail, and letter, and on Thursday said they were working "literally day and night on this investigation."

Police have enlisted the media and other sources to spread the word that they're seeking a white or light-colored SUV or pick-up truck with front-end damage.

Signs seeking help similar to those posted across campus have been distributed by police throughout the region, from Tolland to Willimantic and all points in between; and police across the state and in other states have been asked to be on the lookout for the vehicle.

"We know there are still witnesses to the accident that have not yet come forward," says Maj. Ronald Blicher of the UConn Police.

"We strongly encourage them to come forward to police with the information they have."

Police are asking people who have or hear any information to call police at 860-486-4800; the tips line at 860-486-4444; or e-mail police at crimealerts@uconn.edu.

All tips will be kept confidential.

Wines, 19, an ACES student and pre-kinesiology major, was in her second semester at UConn, and was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.

Carlee Wines, 19, was killed by a car on North Eagleville Road Jan. 20.
Carlee Wines, 19, was killed by a car on North Eagleville Road Jan. 20.

She came to UConn after graduating from Manalapan High School in New Jersey, where she was vice president of the student council, a cheerleader, and a lacrosse player.

In 2005, she was elected Homecoming Queen.

A moment of silence was held at the school Monday in her memory, according to the Farmingdale (N.J.) News Transcript.

A moment of silence also was held Wednesday night in Gampel Pavilion, before the start of the UConn women's basketball game against DePaul University.

At the conclusion of the memorial minute, the announcer reiterated the plea for anyone with information to come forward.

Memorial services have yet to be scheduled at UConn. Officials will announce the time and place for services when they are planned.

In lieu of flowers, Wines' parents have requested that donations be made to the Carlee A. Wines Memorial Scholarship Fund, in care of Mrs. Pamela Wines, 14 Lafayette Mills Road, Manalapan, NJ 07726.

The scholarship will be administered through her high school.

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