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West Hartford Police Issue Infractions to Driver Who Hit Pedestrian

Photo credit: Ronni Newton
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West Hartford Police have concluded their investigation into an incident that took place Tuesday when a driver ran a red light and hit a pedestrian at the intersection of Farmington Avenue and Trout Brook Drive.

By Ronni Newton

A West Hartford man who drove through the red light on Farmington Avenue at the intersection with Trout Brook Drive Tuesday afternoon and struck a West Hartford woman has been given three infractions, police said in an update provided on Friday.

Brandon Hickey, 86, of Albany Avenue, was issued infractions for the red light violation, failure to drive in the proper lane, and failure to yield the right of way to a pedestrian.

According to West Hartford Police Capt. Jeff Rose, the fines for the three infractions total $526.

According to police, Hickey was driving a 2008 Infiniti westbound on Farmington Avenue at 2:24 p.m. on Tuesday, April 11, when he struck Stefanie Marco Lantz, 44, of West Hartford.

Lantz, who was with her husband and two children, was was crossing the intersection on a diagonal, headed northeast from the southwest corner of Farmington Avenue and Trout Brook Drive toward Molloy Funeral Home. The lights were red in all directions and the walk sign was on, police said. There were multiple witnesses.

Lantz was transported to Hartford Hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

She was admitted to the hospital and according to her husband, Carl Lantz, sustained broken bones as well as bruises and abrasions.

According to information posted on Stefanie Lantz’s Facebook page by her husband, she was scheduled to be discharged from the hospital on Friday.

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