PORTLAND — A Portland woman is dead after being struck by a hit-and-run driver in front of her home early Sunday morning.

Portland police know who the driver is but have not brought any charges against the man, who turned himself in to police about 90 minutes following the accident.

The victim, identified by Portland police as 61-year-old Bonnie Bachelder of 757 Washington Avenue, lost her son in a tragic accident last year.

Robert C. Bachelder, 34, of North Waterboro, was killed in May 2011 after his Jeep Grand Cherokee rolled and pinned him while he was working on the vehicle at his residence.

Robert Bachelder, a former Maine Correctional Center officer, was a graduate of Cheverus High School and had worked as an intake officer at the jail for over 10 years. At the time of his death, he left behind a wife and 4-year-old daughter.

Portland Police Department Commander Gary Rogers declined to offer a lot of details concerning the hit and run because the matter remains under investigation.

However, Rogers did confirm that Bonnie Bachelder was in front of her home when she was hit by Baker’s 2002 Volkswagen Jetta around 1 a.m. Sunday.

Rogers would not say why Bachelder was out and about at that hour or where the driver, 27-year-old Corey Baker of Portland, was headed at the time.

“We are looking for anyone with information about their (Bachelder and Baker’s) whereabouts prior to the crash,” was all that Rogers would say about the incident.

Rogers added that Baker and Bachelder did not appear to know each other.

Rogers said Baker did “leave the scene of the accident”, but came to the Portland Police Station about 90 minutes after the crash and turned himself in to officers.

He was given a blood-alcohol test, which is standard procedure in all fatalities. Those results won’t be known for at least two weeks.

Baker’s car has been impounded.

The case remains under investigation and Rogers did not rule out charges being filed against Baker.

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