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Connecticut teens seriously hurt by hit-and-run driver

Two teenagers suffered serious injuries when they were struck by a hit-and-run driver in Waterbury on Jan. 17. The accident occurred around 6:30 p.m.

Waterbury police said the teens, a 16-year-old female and an 18-year-old male, were attempting to cross Brass Mill Drive to get to a mall movie theater when a Honda ran a red light at the East Main Street intersection and hit them. The impact reportedly threw the teens at least 30 feet. The Honda driver did not stop.

The male victim suffered a severely broken femur and was transported to St. Mary's Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition. The female victim was taken to Connecticut Children's Medical Center, where she was sedated with a serious brain injury.

Police were searching for a dark-colored Honda, perhaps a Civic, with tinted windows. It could have front-end damage as a result of the crash. The accident remained under investigation at the time of the report.

Victims of hit-and-run pedestrian accidents similar to this one often suffer severe injuries that require extensive hospitalization and rehabilitation, which could leave them unable to work for weeks or months. If their insurance does not cover the entire cost of their medical care, they could be left with substantial hospital bills in addition to their lost wages.

Anyone who suffers severe injuries due to an auto-pedestrian accident may wish to consult with an attorney. A lawyer might utilize police reports, accident reconstruction results and witness testimony to file a civil suit against the driver who hit their client. If the claim is successful, it may lead to financial compensation that covers medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages.

Source: NBC Connecticut, "Police Search for Hit-and-Run Driver Who Struck 2 Teens in Waterbury," Debra Bogstie, Jan. 19, 2015

Source: foxct.com, Teens remain hospitalized after Waterbury hit-and-run," John Carlton, Jan. 20, 2015

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