Family remembers Torrington snow plow victim

TORRINGTON- Mary Ann Walsh said her son Michael, 25, always strived to do his best.

Academically, he graduated top of his class at Fordham University and had just been accepted to medical school. Physically, he was training for a marathon in April.

“He was a young man that would make any mother proud,” said Mary Ann. “When he died he was doing what he loved and that was running. It was definitely a passion of his.”

Following his passion, he was training around 5am Sunday, when police say the 25 year old was struck by a Torrington plow truck on South Main Street. The truck wasn’t plowing as it was a state road.

“There was a possibility he (Michael) was listening to music and maybe was attentive to the traffic and jumped out in front of the truck,” said Torrington’s Lt. Linas Venclauskas.

Venclauskas said snow was piled on the side of the road. Investigators are looking at the speed the plow truck was driving and visibility that time of day to see if any charges will be filed.

“State police are still doing the inspection on the truck and we’re still waiting for the autopsy and gathering facts there are still people that need to be spoken to,” said Venclauskas.

Nothing will bring Michael back, but his mother looks to faith to heal. She’s comforted knowing her son spent his life trying to help others by studying medicine and volunteering.

“He always looked for the positive in anyone despite harbored demons. Always wanted to believe there was goodness in people and that goodness prevailed,” said Mary Ann.

If you have additional information or witnessed the incident, you’re asked to contact Officer Matt Southard ext. #090 or Det. Jim Crean ext. #334 at the Torrington Police Department. 8604892061.

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