Off-duty Conn. firefighter victim of serious hit-and-run

Emergency personnel responded and provided medical attention to the 46-year-old Bridgeport firefighter


By Tara O'Neill
Connecticut Post, Bridgeport, Conn.

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — An off-duty city firefighter sustained serious injuries during a hit-and-run in the city on Friday, officials said Tuesday.

Around 11:18 p.m. Friday, police department patrol officers responded for a report of a serious crash at the intersection of Stratford Avenue and East Main Street.

An off-duty city firefighter sustained serious injuries during a hit-and-run in the city on Friday. (Photo/Bridgeport Fire Department)
An off-duty city firefighter sustained serious injuries during a hit-and-run in the city on Friday. (Photo/Bridgeport Fire Department)

“A pedestrian was crossing Northbound on Stratford Avenue from the southeast corner to the northeast corner within the crosswalk,” said a statement from Capt. Kevin Gilleran. “As he was crossing the westbound lanes he was struck by a vehicle. The striking vehicle turned northbound onto East Main Street, stopped briefly on East Main Street, then fled the scene continuing northbound. Officers that responded to the scene were unable to obtain suspect vehicle information at the time of report.”

Emergency personnel responded and provided medical attention before the victim — a 46-year-old Bridgeport firefighter and Stratford resident — was transported to Bridgeport Hospital. Gilleran said the victim sustained “multiple serious injuries.”

On Sunday, the Bridgeport Police Traffic Division was notified of the seriousness of the victim’s injuries and has since taken the lead on the investigation. It is unclear Tuesday night if the victim remains hospitalized.

Gilleran said Tuesday the Traffic Division continues to work on several leads.

The vehicle, he said, has been identified as a dark gray Toyota Corolla, possibly a 2015 model. The vehicle would have front end damage and would be missing a driver’s side rear-view mirror.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to contact Sgt. Gabe Meszaros at 203-576-7640.

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©2019 the Connecticut Post (Bridgeport, Conn.)

 

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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