PD: Teen steals mom's car; hits and kills Waterbury man
By WFSB Staff
WATERBURY, CT (WFSB) -
A 16-year-old Waterbury boy has been arrested for allegedly stealing his mother's car and hitting and killing a 62-year-old man, according to the Waterbury Police Department.
Around 12:30 p.m. Monday, police said Ivan Rajcoomar, 62, of Waterbury, was standing near his vehicle grabbing tools on Lester Drive when a Black Mazda 6 traveling at a high rate of speed lost control and hit Rajcoomar and his truck.
Rajcoomar, a maintenance worker at the housing complex when the crash occurred, was rushed to a local hospital where he died a short time later.
Waterbury police said the Mazda 6 fled the scene, but was only able to travel a short distance because of the amount of damage it suffered. Police said the occupants then fled on foot, but were detained by area residents until police arrived.
Police said the driver of the vehicle was a 16-year-old boy who had stolen his mother's car earlier in the day. Police said he was on probation at the time of the crash, so his probation was revoked and he was placed in a juvenile detention facility while his case is pending.
Waterbury police said they have formally charged the teenager with second-degree manslaughter and felony evading responsibility along with a variety of motor vehicle charges.
The identity of the teenager was not released because of his age.
Residents of Rajcoomar's neighborhood have created a makeshift memorial in the spot where the maintenance worker was hit.
"It's just been so hard on all of us," said Mike Collins, who worked with Rajcoomar. "It's just such a shock."
Collins said he worked alongside Collins for nearly 20 years at the Country Village Apartments. They worked together on Monday before the accident.
"He did all our carpentry work here, cutting doors and doing countertops. That was all his job, and that's all he did, he didn't let anyone else do it for him, you know," Collins said. "He wanted to do it, he was just a great worker."
Rajcoomar was a married father with four children and had returned his vacation on Monday.
"There's no words you can put for Ivan, he was definitely a good guy," said co-worker Pierrette Lefebvre, who became emotional while talking to Eyewitness News. "He's definitely going to be missed. I'll be waiting for his red truck to drive around and it's not gonna.
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