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Streetlights repaired along stretch of Route 32 where Conn College student was killed

New London – Eversource has repaired at least a dozen inoperable streetlights along Route 32 following the death of college student in the area last month.

The darkened area along a stretch of road that passes Connecticut College and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy was pointed out during discussions about pedestrian safety following the the Dec. 18 death of 20-year-old Connecticut College student Anique Ashraf who was struck and killed by a vehicle on Route 32 north, near the main entrance to the school. The driver left the scene. Police continue their investigation.

Connecticut College President Katherine Bergeron, New London Mayor Michael Passero and Academy Superintendent Rear Adm. James E. Rendon sent a letter last week to the state Department of Transportation with a series of pedestrian safety proposals.

The inoperable lights were mentioned in the letter, though there appeared to be some confusion about where to report the problem.

State DOT spokesman Kevin Nursick said the DOT owns and maintains about 35,000 streetlights on limited access highways such as Interstate 95. The department leases about 5,000 lights on secondary state roads through contracts with utility companies. The majority of the lights on the secondary roadways, such as Route 32, are not maintained by the DOT but rather by the utility company.

Eversource spokesman Mitch Gross said the lights on Route 32 were repaired on Friday, the day after the company was notified of the problem. To notify Eversource of a malfunctioning streetlight, visit http://www.Eversource.com for an online form or call 800-286-2000.

g.smith@theday.com

Twitter: @SmittyDay

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