May 16, 2017 9:53 AM

Manchester police officer charged with hitting 22-year-old woman, driving away

MANCHESTER — A Manchester police officer accused of hitting a pedestrian and driving away Sunday turned himself in on a warrant Tuesday morning.

Steven Cornacchia, 31, of Manchester, was driving a black Ford Mustang on Elm Street when he allegedly hit a 22-year-old woman, injuring her leg, before fleeing the scene around 1:20 a.m. Sunday.

The victim told police that she and her friend were crossing West Merrimack Street when he saw the Mustang driving toward them. Cornacchia allegedly hit the victim on her right side, causing her to fall to the ground, police said.

The occupant in the car did not sustain any injuries; however, the pedestrian suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to Elliot Hospital for further evaluation and treatment.

The victim told police that Cornacchia stopped to make sure the victim was OK, while her friend recorded the car's registration.

A follow-up investigation into the registration revealed that the car was registered to off-duty Manchester police officer Cornacchia.

An arrest warrant was filed May 15, and Cornacchia turned himself in around 8:15 a.m. Tuesday.

Cornacchia was immediately placed on administrative leave, without pay, by Chief Nick Willard who ordered an immediate criminal and internal investigation into the incident, police said.

He was released on $1,000 personal recognizance bail and is scheduled to appear in the Manchester district court on June 20.

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