Arrest made after construction flagger hit by car in Tolland

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TOLLAND, Conn. (WTNH) — An arrest has been made after a construction flagger was thrown almost 30 feet from being hit by a car in Tolland, Wednesday morning.

Around 2 a.m., Tolland firefighters and first responders were dispatched to the area of 128 Merrow Road/ Route 195 on a report of a car versus a pedestrian.

State police say 40-year-old Christopher Hand, of Mansfield, was driving a Honda Civic northbound on Route 195 when he approached a construction pattern south of I-84 at exit 68.  Hand failed to maintain his lane and struck a metal beam guardrail before hitting a construction zone barrel and then the construction flagger.

The flagger, identified as 49-year-old Robert Harrison, of Waterbury, sustained minor injuries and was taken to St. Francis Hospital for treatment.  Dispatchers say Harrison was thrown approximately 27 feet from the road over the guardrail. Life Star was initially requested, but cancelled shortly after due to a 25-minute estimated time of arrival.

Hand evaded the scene and engaged state police in a brief pursuit before stopping on I-84 westbound.  Hand was arrested for evading the scene of motor vehicle accident, engaging in a pursuit, disobeying the signal of an officer and failure to meet the minimum insurance requirements. He was held on $7,500 bond.

Christopher Hand (State Police)
Christopher Hand (State Police)

Police say the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has been notified, and troopers were on-scene investigating.

Tolland first responders are urging drivers to “#slowdowninworkzone.”

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