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Witness gets driver to return to scene of Redding hit and run

September 18, 2017 GMT

A woman was encouraged to return to the scene of a hit and run Monday morning in Redding after another driver saw her rear end a vehicle and drive away.

Yesim Kumantas, 44, of Danbury. was sitting her in her black Lexus, waiting for an oil delivery on Route 58, when Ariele Andrade, 20, of Danbury, rear ended her and drove off in her white Hyundai SUV. A witness, a man from Norwalk, followed Andrade for about a mile, flashing his lights and honking until she stopped and he was able to convince her to go back to the scene, Police Chief Doug Fuchs said.

Andrade was charged with following too close and traveling too fast for conditions. Both are infractions. Police officers also told her to stop at the scene of every traffic crash, Fuchs said.

“Good for him for standing up for someone who needed assistance,” Fuchs said. “That said, we would have prefered he got the license plate number and called 911.”

Fuchs said it is unsafe for civilians to do their own traffic stops.

This is the second time in less than a week that another driver has stopped another vehicle.

A third party stopped an erratic driver on Sept. 13.

“We do not advise conducting your own traffic stops,” Fuchs said.