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Updated: West Hartford Jogger Remains in Critical Condition After Being Hit by Car

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[Updated, Jan. 26, 2017, 2:30 p.m.] A jogger remains hospitalized with serious injuries after being hit by a car at the intersection of Trout Brook Drive and Asylum Avenue in West Hartford on Wednesday evening.

West Hartford Police are investigating an accident involving a jogger hit by a vehicle at the intersection of Trout Brook Drive and Asylum Avenue. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

West Hartford Police are investigating an accident involving a jogger hit by a vehicle at the intersection of Trout Brook Drive and Asylum Avenue. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

By Ronni Newton

Updated: Jan. 26, 2017, 2:30 p.m.

West Hartford Police have now identified the two individuals involved in Wednesday evening’s incident involving a pedestrian who was hit by a car while crossing Trout Brook Drive at Asylum Avenue.

Police said that Andrej Cavarkapa, 30, of West Hartford, was jogging west on Asylum Avenue and was in the crosswalk when he was struck.

“We do not believe he was wearing any reflective gear,” West Hartford Police Capt. Jeff Rose said Thursday afternoon.

Cavarkapa was admitted to St. Francis Hospital with critical injuries. He remains hospitalized and police said Thursday morning that his condition is unchanged.

Cavarkapa is a physics teacher at RHAM High School in Hebron.

Wednesday was his 30th birthday, police said.

The driver of the vehicle, a 2009 Honda Civic, has been identified as Khang Nguyen, 19, of South Windsor. Police said that he was not injured. His vehicle sustained front end and windshield damage and was towed by police for use in their investigation.

Police said that the traffic and walk signals at the intersection were functioning properly when the incident occurred. According to police, witnesses had reported that the light on Trout Brook Drive was green for the southbound traffic.

Police are continuing a full investigation of the incident.

GoFundMe page has been set up to assist with Cavarkapa’s medical bills. As of 2:30 p.m. Thursday, $3,255 had been raised.

Original Story

West Hartford Police are investigating a serious incident involving a pedestrian at the intersection of Trout Brook Drive and Asylum Avenue.

According to Capt. Jeff Rose, the incident occurred just after 6:30 p.m.

Police said that 30-year-old male was jogging westbound along Asylum Avenue and crossing Trout Brook at the crosswalk when a southbound vehicle driven by a 19-year-old male struck him.

The jogger was taken by ambulance to St. Francis Hospital where he is being treated for what police said are serious injuries. His name has not yet been released.

The driver’s name has also not been released, but police said he was not injured.

The accident remains under investigation but Rose said that it appears the light was green for the Trout Brook Drive traffic.

Trout Brook Drive remains closed from Asylum Avenue south to Craigmoor Road.

Check back for updates.

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  • I walk many places now, and I’m shocked at how often (and how much) I see pedestrians, esp joggers and bicyclists in West Hartford take so many chances. They aren’t thinking how it can be difficult or impossible for a driver to see them or avoid an accident. I do not look forward to “complete streets,” how many people are going to die a horrible death or be maimed thinking they are safe traversing WH streets in a very vulnerable way. And how many lawsuits WH will have against them.

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