Man ‘lucky’ after surviving hit-and-run on I-84

The car in a Southington hit-and-run on Aug. 14, 2014. (AJ Walker)
The car in a Southington hit-and-run on Aug. 14, 2014. (AJ Walker)

NAUGATUCK, Conn. (WTNH) — A Naugatuck man is lucky to be alive after terrifying hit-and-run. It happened Thursday morning in the Interstate-84 westbound lane at exit 30 in Southington. Now police are looking for the driver.

Looking at the crushed and mangled leftovers of Shaughn Adamski’s car, it’s hard to believe that he and a friend climbed out of it alive. “We probably should have died,” said Adamski. “The paramedics were saying that we were extremely lucky.”

“I could not understand by looking at that car, how two young men walked away from that accident,” said Pam Adamski, his mother.

He says his car was hit by another vehicle at about 1 a.m. after he and friend left a concert. “The car had crashed into the back of us and then rolled up the side of my car,” said Adamski. “So it pretty much just rolled right through and then drove up the side and then kept going.

The driver may have taken off, but a witness got a description of vehicle, telling police it was a black Dodge pick-up truck. Shaughn Adamski says he never saw the truck, all he saw were headlights coming up on him fast. Then, someone hit his car, leaving it spinning out of control until it crashed into a tree and landed in a ditch.

Shaughn Adamski, one lucky survivor from a hit-and-run on Aug. 14, 2014. (AJ Walker)
Shaughn Adamski, one lucky survivor from a hit-and-run on Aug. 14, 2014. (AJ Walker)

The owner of Sibby’s Automotive, where the car was towed, said it’s beyond repair, and if someone had been sitting in that back seat, they wouldn’t be alive. Adamski said a close friend would have been in the back seat, which took the brunt of the impact, but he could not get a ticket to the concert.

Since the accident, his arm is in a sling and he is banged up and sore. He is a musician and says it will be tough for him to play his guitar for a while with the injuries from the crash. But he’s thankful he is alive and he’ll get the chance to play again. His guitar was damaged in the accident and he says insurance won’t pay to replace it, so it may take longer than he would like.

State police are asking anyone with information about the black Dodge pick-up truck that hit his vehicle at exit 30 on I-84 westbound and kept going to call them at (860) 534-1000.

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