NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A pedestrian crossing a busy New Haven intersection was struck by a car Thursday morning.
The pedestrian was hit in a crosswalk at the intersection of Church and Elm streets, just before 10 a.m. Witnesses tell News 8 this was almost a hit and run. They say people who saw the car hit the pedestrian also stopped the car from getting away.
Police would not say if the driver was arrested and have yet to release a cause.
Emergency officials arrived on scene to find the man lying face down in front of the courthouse. He was transported to a hospital where police said he is excepted to recover.
Witnesses say the traffic light was still red when the victim was crossing the street.
“He came and last second he tried to tap the breaks,” said Art Voivin of Watertown. “But there was a gentleman there, one guy jumped out of the way. That guy got hit, did a cartwheel on his head. Then the car seemed to try to take off.”
“He hit him and he pulled off and through the grace of God people stopped him right now here on the left hand lane,” said Jesse Torino of New Haven. “One gentleman in a suit jumped in the car and took the keys out of the ignition.”
Witnesses pointed to a dark blue Honda parked about halfway down the next block as the car involved in the incident. Elm and Church streets were shut down for about an hour.
The accident comes days after Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed a new vulnerable user bill into law, which increases penalties on reckless drivers who injure or kill pedestrians, cyclists or other roadway users.
According to a new report from Smart Growth America, Connecticut ranked as the 27th most dangerous state in the nation for pedestrians. The report said 351 Connecticut residents were killed on a road from 2003 to 2012.
News 8′s Kent Pierce and AJ Walker contributed to this report.