Man Described as ‘Wolverine’ Charged in Fatal Hit-and-Run

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New Haven Police

A man described as a “Wolverine” with “vampire teeth” has been charged in a fatal hit-and-run in New Haven, Connecticut, in March.

Police said the victim, 54-year-old Michael Kucher of New Haven, was seriously injured when a white Honda Accord hit him as he tried to cross Grand Avenue, between Poplar and Ferry streets, at 12:06 a.m. on March 7. 

Kucher sustained blunt impact injuries of the head, neck, torso and extremities and died on March 16, according to police. 

The driver who hit Kucher left the scene, police said.

One witness described him as a “Wolverine” – short and stocky with “vampire teeth” so police began searching for him.

Surveillance from the scene showed the driver in a race with others, police said. 

The next day, police received a report of a suspicious vehicle "hidden" between a wall and a passenger van on Chapel Street.  The windshield was cracked and covered up, police said.

When police checked towing records for it, they found that the vehicle had been towed on Aug. 15. From there, they tracked down the owner, who reported selling it, along with a bogus Tennessee license plate, police said. 

Police then tracked down the owner of the vehicle and officers on patrol in Fair Haven received a tip about "Wolverine" who was at a local bar.  

Now police have identified the suspected driver as Antonio Calderon, 27, of New Haven. 

They said he did not admit hitting Kucher, but said he'd been in the car the night of the crash. 

Calderon, who is in custody on another matter, was charged with felony evading, manslaughter in the second degree, misconduct with a motor vehicle and reckless driving.

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