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Man involved in West Hartford car collision dies

Police said the victim, Carlos Galarza, died as a result of the injuries sustained during the collision.

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. — A man has died after a car collided with them in West Hartford Wednesday evening. 

Police said a report came in around 5 p.m. that a pedestrian was hit by a car on Mohegan Dr. The person sustained life-threatening injuries and was taken to the hospital in critical condition. 

Carlos, Galarza, 60 of Bridgeport died as a result of those injuries sustained during the collision.

The driver involved stayed on the scene and is cooperating.

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This is the second pedestrian death in West Hartford in the same week and as a result, West Hartford Chief of Police Vernon Riddick Jr. issued a statement: 

"The West Hartford Police Department and town officials are very concerned regarding all motor vehicle vs pedestrian collisions that occur in our town. The three most recent pedestrian collisions that have resulted in critical injuries and tragically two fatalities, are currently under investigation; therefore, the contributing factors to the causes of the collisions have yet to be determined. 

The West Hartford Police Department Traffic Division and the town’s Engineering Department will evaluate the contributing factors to these accidents, and then implement corrective action measures – including directed traffic enforcement.

In the interim, I want to remind all drivers and pedestrians, to be aware of their surroundings, obey traffic laws, and avoid distractions while traveling on our roadways."

If any member of the public has information related to this investigation, they're asked to contact the West Hartford Police Department at (860) 523-5203, or use the WHPD Tip Line/email at (860) 570-8969 / whpdtips@westhartfordct.gov.


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