A 32-year-old male pedestrian, walking near the front entrance of Canton High School, was hit by a car driven by a 26-year-old man on the night of Aug. 12. Canton police arrived at the scene at about 9:16 p.m., in the Collinsville section of town. They'd received an emergency call indicating that a pedestrian had been struck by a vehicle. The pedestrian was found on the ground when police arrived. The driver of the vehicle was not at the scene of the accident.
The hit-and-run victim was taken to Hartford Hospital by a Life Star medical helicopter to be treated for serious injuries. But, a later report upgraded his condition to non-life-threatening injuries.
Police passed the information about the crash to the media. After the report was broadcast, an individual called police and gave them the identity of the suspected driver and the pedestrian. Officers were able to find the accused driver at his home in New Hartford. They were also able to identify the vehicle involved in the crash. The hit-and-run driver was arrested and charged with evading responsibility.
Later, the driver met his posted $5,000.00 bond. He was released from custody. An accident investigation is being conducted by the North Central Municipal Accident Reconstruction Squad. Canton police are insisting that anyone with information about the accident should call in.
Fleeing the scene of a car accident that causes a pedestrian to be injured while walking on the street, may result in serious legal consequences for the accused driver. An injured pedestrian may choose to sue the negligent motorist for compensation for lost wages and medical expenses.
Source: NBC Connecticut, "Police ID Victim of Canton Hit-and-Run", August 14, 2014