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Neighbors blame unshoveled sidewalk for deadly crash in Manchester

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MANCHESTER, CT (WFSB) -

Police are trying to figure out if a sidewalk that hadn't been shoveled somehow played a role in a deadly crash in Manchester.

John King, 53, was walking with his shopping cart on Route 83, which is also known as Oakland Street, around 7 p.m. on Thursday.

King was on the shoulder of Route 83 when police said he was struck by a Subaru. He was taken to Manchester Hospital where he died from his injuries.

Some people told Eyewitness News they blame a stretch of snow-filled sidewalk that forced King onto the road.

"It's a dangerous road, and not always shoveled as well as it should be," said Kristina Diaz of Manchester. "I don't know who's the liable party, I don't know if the city or the House, but this could've been prevented."

Diaz and other neighbors said no matter the season, King typically traveled on the road. 

"Saw him often up and down street with cart," said Donna Brewer of Manchester. "He'd walk down street though as opposed to sidewalk as a general rule."

Brewer lives right next door to where it happened.

"We try to keep it clear," Brewer said. "(It's) very difficult because we don't snow belt or strip between the street and sidewalk."

Diaz told Eyewitness News she is afraid for her son, who is a high school freshman, and others, who have to walk on the busy street.

"Sidewalk was not clear. He had to go in the street, almost got hit by a car," Diaz said. "(It) scared me of course, told him to be careful."

As a reminder, property owners in Manchester have 24 hours after snow falls to clear their sidewalks.

The driver stayed on scene, was cooperating with police and not charged.

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