West Hartford Police are looking for the driver of a vehicle who fled the scene after striking a pedestrian near the intersection of Boulevard and Whiting Lane.
By Ronni Newton
A pedestrian suffered fatal injuries as a result of being hit by the driver of a vehicle that then fled the scene Tuesday night near the intersection of Boulevard and Whiting Lane, West Hartford Police said. The incident occurred shortly before 5 p.m.
Responders provided medical care, but Capt. Daniel Moffo said in an email that “despite life-saving efforts, the pedestrian suffered fatal injuries as a result of the collision.”
Police are continuing to investigate and said the evading vehicle may have been a white sedan.
As of 7 p.m., the Accident Reconstruction Team remained on the scene and portion of of Boulevard and Whiting Lane remained closed. All eastbound and westbound traffic on Boulevard between South Quaker Lane and Arnoldale Road is being detoured, as is northbound and southbound traffic on Whiting Lane between Farmington Avenue and Park Road.
Pedestrians as well as motorists are advised to seek alternate routes until the roadways have reopened.
Anyone who has information regarding this incident is asked to contact West Hartford Police at 860-523-5203, or via the anonymous tip line email 860-570-8969 or by email at [email protected].
This is the second major incident in West Hartford involving a vehicle and a pedestrian in the last few days. On Saturday, a pedestrian was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries after being hit by a vehicle on South Main Street near Memorial Road.
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I do support our police officers in West Hartford. They have a very difficult job to do and all the personal interactions I have had with officers out and about have been courteous and helpful.
However, I am saddened by this death of a pedestrian and the injury of another recently in my neighborhood. More than that, I am amazed there have not been more injuries and fatalities given the frequency drivers “run red lights” at major intersections. I witness this many times a day as I drive across town to visit my father-in-law. A police presence at intersections may not prevent all accidents but I do believe it would help deter the reckless driving that endangers us all.