Connecticut State Police continue to search for the driver of the vehicle that hit and seriously injured an Ivoryton man on Route 1 in Westbrook on Friday morning.
James Rae, 56, was hit by a motor vehicle along Boston Post Road around 6:45 a.m.
"I heard a loud thud out by the road," said Don Burr. "I didn't think anything of it."
After being hit, state police said the driver of the vehicle took off and was last seen headed westbound. Rae laid on the ground for 20 minutes before first responders were called to his aid, police said.
Rae was brought to Yale-New Haven Hospital with serious injuries. He is in serious condition as of 5 p.m., police said.
There were no skid or brake marks in the street.
Police said the vehicle will have damage to its passenger side and would be missing a mirror. The car is believed to be a Chrysler Sebring or Dodge Stratus, police added.
Through their investigation, police learned that Rae had car problems and parked his motor vehicle in the parking lot of Bill's Seafood before the accident.
Investigators also a blood-like substance on the drivers door handle and trunk, which was there before the accident. Police did not know where the blood-like substance came from.
The cause of the crash is under investigation by the Connecticut State Police Accident Reconstruction Team, who spent Friday analyzing the scene.
"Obviously someone needs to be found at fault," Burr said.
Anyone with any information is asked to call state police at 860-399-2100.
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