Clinton Girl Dies in Middletown Hit and Run

Cailyn Bassett, 15, was struck and killed while walking in Middletown. The driver of the vehicle fled the scene, said police.


According to the Middletown Police Department's Traffic Unit, Cailyn Bassett, age 15 of Clinton, was struck and killed in Middletown on Dec. 7 at approximately 5:45 p.m.

She was in the vicinity of Saybrook Road and Coe Avenue when she was struck by a vehicle, said police. Other details such as the description of the vehicle and whether or not Bassett was alone, are not yet available.

Preliminary investigation indicates that Bassett was walking on Saybrook Road in Middletown, when she was struck and killed by a motor vehicle which then fled the scene, added police.

The investigation is continuing. Any witnesses to the accident are asked to contact the Middletown Police Department’s Traffic Unit at (860) 344-3264.

More information to follow as details become available.

MAMA December 08, 2012 at 08:55 PM
So sorry for your loss Ian. Lean on anyone you need to for comfort and support. Thoughts and prayers are with you and all who were touched by this young lady!
MAMA December 08, 2012 at 09:10 PM
Real classy Fred Young, real classy!
Tanya Torello December 08, 2012 at 09:17 PM
God bless the Bassett family during this awful and tragic time. The ONLY one to blame is the DRIVER! NOT the parents or the poor child. God please give them Your strength to get through this. Please everyone let us just pray for this family. Gd Bless us all. XO
Tanya Torello December 08, 2012 at 09:34 PM
*God Bless us all esp the Bassett family.
Matthew John Balogh December 08, 2012 at 10:20 PM
Praying for Bassett family and all family and friends affected.
missy December 08, 2012 at 11:13 PM
Fred young this is what the school superintendent sent me since my daughter goes to school with her: Good Evening, By now you may have heard about the tragic death of a Clinton student, Cailyn Bassett. Cailyin, a 10th grade student at Morgan, died last night after being hit by a car in Middletown. Unfortunately, we do not have much information at this time. I can only share that the high school crisis team met this afternoon so that we can adequately plan for addressing the needs of students who will be directly impacted as well as those who may be indirectly impacted. We are concerned about Cailyn's family, her immediate friends and those students for whom a loss of this magnitude may stir or rekindle grief suffered by the loss in their own family. Support counseling will be available for students during the week begining on Monday. We are working with community resources and the family's church to determine what additional support may be necessary through the weekend.  The social media network and the press have lots of information, unfortunately not all is accurate. I would ask that we all recognize the level of emotion that exists and remain sensitive to the family in their time of grief. I am sure there will be more concrete information in the next 48 hours.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to Cailyn's family and are ready to support them in their time of grief. Jack Cross Superintendent of Schools Clinton, CT 06413
Jessica December 08, 2012 at 11:15 PM
She did go to Morgan, my daughter was friends with her...I can't imagine the pain the Bassett family is going through. My daughter is very upset over this tragity. My heart & prayers are with her family during this unimaginably difficult time. Hug your kids tight...this is not a situation, however it came about, that anyone deserves any blame.
Alfonso December 09, 2012 at 12:43 AM
My condolences to the family I live right up the street from where her body lay and where they said she was hit on Coe Ave is a very dark street it's a cross between say brook and Randolph I'm not given any justification to the one responsible for the hit and run but its very hard to see someone walking on the side of the road there are no sidewalks in that area everyone has a right to their own opinion where u state it should be taken into consideration May God rest her young soul and help this family through every passing minute.
John Lasarte December 09, 2012 at 01:38 AM
I think someone needs to regulate your screentime, Fred.
Jim Braun December 09, 2012 at 02:07 AM
My deepest condolences to her family. What a terrible loss.
jan hawkes December 09, 2012 at 03:43 AM
I travel both of the roads mentioned. There are no side walks. My condolences to her family and friends. No family should go through what they are.
Jay December 09, 2012 at 03:49 AM
Actually Mr. Young seems to be the most upset of all - his comments are the very same many of us consider when we hear of accidents that are easily prevented. News makes us all party to these horrors on a daily basis and frankly it is not only disheartening but threatening to our sense of wellbeing for ourselves and loved ones.
Fran M. December 09, 2012 at 04:56 AM
Stephanie-- I saw you on the news tonight, and was shocked to realize the "Caitlyn" being talked about was your daughter. I'm so sorry for your loss. I can only imagine your grief tonight. May God help you through this terrible time.
Cletus December 09, 2012 at 05:20 AM
Such a tragic loss...sending prayers to Caitlyn's family and friends. Hug your loved ones everyday, as this is another reminder how life can change in an instant... P.S. - ignore the insensitive and hurtful commentary...not applicable to this thread and will only satisfy those who started it...
Nancy potts December 09, 2012 at 09:14 AM
Fred young since you clearly have nothing better to do with your time because I cant imagine someone as cold as you appear to have any friends that will listen to your opinion I live in Clinton when I saw caylin at the grocery store with her younger sister who is a class mate of one of my children she told me she was going to school in middletown there are many private and amazing tech school in middletown and if your child has great grades they can get accepted .... my own 8 th grader wants to go to h.s. there they get bussed for free from clinton to middletown . Also caylin has siblings who must be devastated . Caylin and her family are very involved in the church in clinton she was always knocking on my door for fund raisers and would stay and play with my baby and was a very sweet young girl ... and as my eyes tear up writing this you should be very ashamed of yourself for your comment 15 next year she would be driving and in other u.s. states teens start driving at 15 her family are good people how dare you . This world has lost a beautiful young women .. that you will never now ... if I were you mr young I would donate $ to that family who always have been giving and caring to our town . Oh and Clinton is in middlesex county look at a map middletown is our courts ...
Tee December 09, 2012 at 09:33 AM
I pray they catch the ass that did this, prayers for they Family
Beth December 09, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Cailyn, was a teenager like most, adventurous and outgoing. She had a very very big heart. I find it hard to believe this has happened and still can't wrap my head around it. It is such a tragedy for her family. They too have no information, they know as much as we do at this point and I hope they find the answers they need. I hope someone steps up and contacts the police with helpful information. And not that it should matter to anyone why she was there, but she was going to visit someone in her family. It was not pitch black at the time, however it was getting dark. She was a sophmore in High School so it should not be surprising she walked somewhere. Cailyn will be missed by so many people. RIP SWEETIE
Jeff Cashman December 09, 2012 at 01:05 PM
When you read the letters for the first time, they head down a path of verbal vomit.. I humbly would like to offer anything I own, to help. In any way or need, Money, support, food, anything at all, My family wants EVERYONE to know that we care and step forward to want to help....some one call me , my wife or or my little girl, WE will be their.. As adults with great compassion, I can hold you as long as you need me...let us all act that way from this point forward... Yes a stranger to most and someone whom deserves more than this...lets all take a deep breath, and begin the path of support.. We all are being tested on this one....WE love you all..
patty dow December 09, 2012 at 01:56 PM
I got on the Patch to send my condolences to Cailyns family and friends. I've known Cailyn since she was a student at Pearson School in Clinton and I got to meet her again when she came to Morgan. I was shocked to read the bickering going on over Mr. Youngs remarks. I too felt saddened when I read his remark, but we don't need go back and forth. This is a 15 yr old who was hit and killed and no matter what the circumstances, it is so sad! I work at Morgan and Cailyn will be missed by her peers and teachers. She so easily could make me laugh and she had this adorable smile! My prayers go out to the Bassett family and to all who have been touched by Cailyn. RIP
Fay Abrahamsson (Editor) December 09, 2012 at 01:58 PM
No comments will be allowed on this thread that are even potentially hurtful to the family or in poor taste.
ashleyy December 09, 2012 at 03:28 PM
i love cailyn forever.. she was my bestfran ... love you cailyn
Sandra Woodbridge December 09, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Morgan sudents come and rember Cailyn fron 12:00 to 2:00 At the Church of the Open Door, 70 East Main Street, Clinton, CT
Jeffrey Skau December 09, 2012 at 09:04 PM
On behalf of Lori Jason and Caden I would like to offer our sincere condolences to Stephanie and her entire family. Cailyn will be sorely missed by many people. I read earlier where someone wanted to know what kind of person she was. I have known her family since I was real little. I grew up in Church with Stepnie Michelle and her Mom and Dad. We both graduated high school together. I would see Cailyn in Church with the youth groups on Thursday. Cailyn was on my wifes school bus for the past 2 school years. Because I work nights my boys rode the bus with her. Both boys adored her. My youngest would run up to her at Church and get a hug. She was also a student teacher in his pre school at the high school. To know what type of person she was is easy, when my wife and boys learned of her passing was heartbreaking. To watch the 3 of them breakdown is a testament to the impact she had on there lives. I know they are not alone, and along with many others will miss her dearly. One last request from my 4 y/o Cailyn he would like you to come down from Heaven to see him 1 last time. Stephanie please let us know if we can do anything to help you guys out. Jeff Lori Jason and Caden
kimberly murray December 09, 2012 at 10:12 PM
my name is kimberly murray cailyn is my cousin and my prayers go out to her mother stephanie who ever did this needs to turn them self in please theres no sense in runing if you they stopped it could have saved her life
Sarah C December 10, 2012 at 12:16 AM
I don't want you to think that I agree with Mr. Young, but I wonder if it is fair to delete all of his remarks, including his apologies, without removing the remarks castigating him for his thoughtlessness? Are those remarks any less hurtful to a grieving family?
irfield December 10, 2012 at 02:35 AM
condolences to the family on their tragic loss.
Fred Young December 10, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Thank you all for your stories & personal experiences with this truly remarkable person. You are making complete strangers see her as she was, and cause us to wonder what a fabulous adult she could have become. You and the world lost a marvelous member of our communal family. Sincere condolences to family & friends.
Kendra December 10, 2012 at 11:05 PM
When I hear about Cailyn's death I was so upset. She was such a great friend to me, everyday she would come up to me and compliment me. It is so hard to grasp the fact that she is completely gone. She used to come over my house everyday over the summer asking to hang out with me, unfortunately I spent the summer at my grandma's so I was never home. A couple years ago she helped me and my family decorate our Christmas tree. She was so much fun to be around, she had the ability to make everyone laugh. She will be missed dearly. Condolences to the family. Your in my heart and prayers.
Alex December 11, 2012 at 02:16 AM
This was just so sad . I remember one Christmas she came over and helped me decorate ... R.I.P Cailyn. Forever in our hearts .
Charlene Voyce December 11, 2012 at 03:30 PM
My thoughts are with Kailyn's family and friends. I hope our community can pull together and provide support and comfort in this time of sorrow.


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