Shelton man held on $250,000 bond in fatal hit and run

BRIDGEPORT — A Shelton man, accused of fleeing after he struck and killed a pedestrian on Boston Avenue, was ordered held in lieu of $250,000 bond on Monday.

Police said more charges are expected against 24-year-old Robert Dominguez including making a false statement for allegedly reporting his car stolen to cover up the crash.

He is currently charged with evading responsibility in causing a death and operating an unregistered motor vehicle.

During Dominguez’s arraignment hearing Monday morning Superior Court Judge Tracy Lee Dayton lamented that she just had his alleged victim, 67-year-old Michael Zrelak, before her.

Zrelak was arrested two days before his death on motor vehicle charges.

Dominguez’s lawyer, Edward Gavin, offered condolences to Zrelak’s family calling the case a terrible tragedy.

“We are doing our due diligence at this point,” he said.

On Jan. 4, police responded to a call of a pedestrian versus car collision to find Zrelak, of Brookfield Avenue, lying unresponsive in the roadway. He was pronounced dead at Bridgeport Hospital.

Police said witnesses told them they had seen a black Mercedes sedan speeding from the crash scene. One witness photographed the car with his cell phone.

Police said they put out a broadcast for the car and a short time later were contacted by Shelton police. They had just received a complaint from Dominguez that the car had been stolen from his home in Shelton, police said.

Police said they subsequently found the Mercedes parked in a lot behind a condominium on Stewart Street. When police reviewed surveillance video from the condo they said they could see Dominguez walking away from the car.
— Daniel Tepfer
Hearst Connecticut Media Group