Clinton Teen's Cause of Death Released, Police Investigation Continues

The state medical examiner's office says Cailyn Bassett, 15, who died in a Middletown hit-and-run on Dec. 7, died of "multiple, blunt-force, traumatic injuries." Suspects have not been named.


The state medical examiner's autopsy has determined Clinton teen Cailyn Bassett, who died Dec. 7 in a fatal hit-and-run accident in Middletown, died of "multiple, blunt-force traumatic injuries." 

Middletown Police have collected evidence from a vehicle they suspect was involved in 15-year-old Bassett's death as the Morgan School 10th-grader walked along Saybrook Road.

The investigation, which is still ongoing, could take some time to complete, "due to the complicated nature of the case," Middletown Police Lt. Heather Desmond said. "This is not a cut-and-dry case."

Bassett was struck and killed in Middletown on Dec. 7 at 5:45 p.m., police said, near the intersection of Coe Avenue. She was walking to meet a friend that rainy evening.

“We have a vehicle of interest that is being processed with the Connecticut State Police major crime squad,” Desmond said on Dec. 11. Officers were led to the vehicle after obtaining video surveillance from the area, allowing them to “identify the vehicle that it would probably be,” she said.

The motor vehicle investigators seized is not a car, she said, but declined to offer information about it or the suspected driver.

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jane December 30, 2012 at 08:28 PM
What if the person that hit her didn't know they did. The rumor is that is was a tow truck.
john December 31, 2012 at 08:39 PM
I thouht at first what a creep! Then I learned that it wasn't a car it was a tow truck, so I took into consideration the fact that maybe the driver wasn't aware he hit her. Do I think he should still be punished for this yes, but I'm sure if he knew he hit her he would have stopped to help, well I hope he would have.
stephanie phillips January 01, 2013 at 02:17 AM
I am cailyns mom to everyone the case unfortunately is not that cut and dry. I am hoping and praying that the individual(s) will come forward. Maybe just maybe see this and do the right thing. Just imagine if this was your child.
tina January 03, 2013 at 05:00 PM
O well now they must know they did this maybe not right at that moment but now yes. In that case they should go straight to hell and rot
Greg John Ellal March 21, 2013 at 04:10 PM
Dear Mrs. Phillips, I was a friend of a Katies and am a freshman here at morgan, and went to her funeral. I agree that it sounds a little confusing and I also just hope that the person just comes clean when he realizes the devastations to a family and community that he has done. Im here for you and im sooo srry for your loss.


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