Jogger dies after getting hit by drunk driver

UPDATE: Police say the jogger, 20-year-old John Liquori, of North Haven, was pronounced dead at an area hospital shortly after 7:00 p.m Thursday evening.

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MERIDEN, Conn. (WTNH) – Inside a courtroom at Meriden Superior Court, a man named Theodore Spalding appeared in front of a judge because of charges he is facing over an incident that occurred just a day ago.

Police say Wednesday afternoon Spalding was driving drunk in his truck on Middletown Ave. in North Haven when he hit a 21-year-old man going for a jog.  That man, who still hasn’t been identified, had injuries that include an amputated leg. After the incident, police charged Spalding with operating while under then influence and assault with a motor vehicle in the 2nd degree. His bond had been set at $100,000 but in the courtroom that amount was reduced to $50,000.

But Spalding’s legal journey may be far from over as he could be facing more charges because the condition of pedestrian he allegedly hit is deteriorating.

“As the prosecutor stated in court it doesn’t appear that that my client is going to survive the trauma that he suffered as a result of this defendant,” said Matthew Popilowski, and attorney representing the man hit by the truck.

In court paperwork it says when police interviewed Spalding he said he didn’t know what had happened and that the runner had darted out in front of him, but when News 8 tried to ask Spalding his thoughts about the case he just kept walking. Spalding is due back in court July 31st.

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