According to law enforcement authorities with the Norwalk Police Department, a 55-year-old man is in serious condition after being struck by a hit-and-run driver. The incident occurred on April 1 just after 5:00 a.m. on the Interstate 95 South on-ramp from West Avenue in Norwalk.
Reportedly, emergency responders found the man lying in the roadway suffering from serious injuries. He had been a pedestrian when he was struck. The driver who allegedly hit the man fled the accident scene after doing so. The pedestrian was transported for emergency medical treatment to Norwalk Hospital, where he was reportedly listed as being in serious condition.
Law enforcement officers were able to locate the vehicle that had allegedly struck the man. The driver of the vehicle went to the police department for an interview, and his vehicle was subsequently impounded. While he has not yet been charged, police indicated a warrant for his arrest is currently pending and they expect criminal charges shortly.
When a pedestrian is injured while walking on the street by a passing motorist, the motorist owes a duty to stop and remain at the accident scene until help arrives. The driver should also render aid to injured victims if they are able to do so. In the event that a driver instead flees, they may face serious criminal charges and the possibility of prison time if convicted. Additionally, injured victims may file personal injury lawsuits against the driver in order to hold them responsible whether or not criminal charges are ever made. Through such a lawsuit, victims can seek damages to compensate them for their losses.
Sources: FOX CT, "Pedestrian in serious condition after Norwalk hit-and-run," Taylor Fountain, April 1, 2015
NBC Connecticut, "55-year-old man injured in Norwalk hit-and-run," April 1, 2015