Windsor Locks voters OK payment for officer’s retirement

Windsor Locks police cruiser (file).

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (AP) — A legal battle that began in October 2010 when an off-duty police officer fatally struck a bicyclist has ended with voter approval of a $460,000 payment to the officer’s father to retire.

Sgt. Robert Koistinen is expected to retire April 1, ending 33 years on the force.

An investigation found he drove his son, Michael Koistinen, to the police station after the younger Koistinen struck 15-year-old Henry Dang, who was riding home late at night. Robert Koistinen also refused to permit a blood-alcohol test.

He was arrested on a hindering prosecution charge and was acquitted in 2012. He sued the town for lost wages, benefits and attorney fees, but was eventually fired.

Michael Koistinen, who was a Windsor Locks police officer, is serving a five-year prison sentence for manslaughter.

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