West Hartford Police said the intersection of Farmington Avenue and North and South Main streets was closed for several hours Friday afternoon for the investigation of a fatal crash involving a pedestrian, but reopened around 5:30 p.m. [Updated 5:40 p.m.]
By Ronni Newton
A male pedestrian sustained fatal injuries when he was struck by a vehicle in West Hartford Center Friday morning, and the intersection of Farmington Avenue and North and South Main streets was closed for several hours Friday while police continued to investigate, but reopened around 5:30 p.m..
Sgt. Amanda Martin told We-Ha.com that police received a report of a motor vehicle accident with injuries at 10:08 a.m. Friday. When units arrived on scene they immediately realized it was a serious incident, she said.
Crews from the police and fire departments immediately initiated medical care for a pedestrian who had been struck as well as the driver of the vehicle.
Police said both the driver of the vehicle, a 67-year-old woman, and the pedestrian, a 61-year-old male, were transported to an area hospital for treatment.
The 61-year-old male succumbed to his injuries, police said in a news release late Friday afternoon. According to police, the injuries sustained by the driver were minor.
They did not provide and details regarding the cause of the incident, the path of travel of the vehicle, or where the pedestrian was when they were struck. A pole at the intersection appeared to have been damaged in the crash.
Martin said earlier in the day that the driver involved was cooperating with police.
A white Mini Cooper with significant front-end damage was stopped facing southbound in the northbound lane of South Main Street near the intersection of Memorial Road but Martin did not confirm that it was involved.
Sidewalks on South Main were closed to the public at Memorial Road and on North Main at Brace Road, and sections of the sidewalk were closed on Farmington Avenue as well.
The public was urged to avoid the area while the investigation was underway.
The West Hartford Police Department Traffic Division is continuing to investigate the incident. Anyone with information or who may have witnessed the accident, is requested to contact 860-570-8860, the anonymous tip line at 860-570-8969 or at the confidential email tip line [email protected].
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