- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 1, 2020

VERNON, Conn. (AP) - A man charged in the hit-and-run death a of volunteer soccer coach in Connecticut told detectives he thought he had hit a mailbox, police said.

Philip Holmes, 41, was arrested Monday in the death of Andrew Aggarwala, who was hit by a car on Nov. 24 while walking his dog near his home in Vernon, police announced.

Holmes, of Somers, was stopped at a police checkpoint the day after the crash while driving a damaged car with streaks of blood on the hood, according to an affidavit released by the Vernon police.

When detectives told Holmes they had pieces of a headlamp recovered from the crime scene that matched his damaged car, he told the officers “he didn’t know how any of this happened,” according to court papers. He later called detectives and said he thought he had hit a mailbox, the court papers said.

Holmes was arrested on charges including leaving the scene of a fatal crash. He posted $100,000 bail Tuesday and declined to comment after being arraigned in Rockville Superior Court.

Aggarwala, 44, a father of two and a volunteer for the Vernon Soccer Club, was walking his family’s 6-month-old puppy, Ollie, when he was fatally struck. The puppy ran away from the crash scene but was found and reunited with the Aggarwala family four days later.

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