Driver who struck jogger in North Haven was allegedly drunk - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Driver who struck jogger in North Haven was allegedly drunk

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NORTH HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

A 21-year-old man is in critical condition after being struck by a motor vehicle on Wednesday afternoon on Route 17 in North Haven, police said.

The unidentified man was jogging on Route 17, also known as Middletown Avenue, in the area of Cloudland Road around 2:15 p.m. He was hit by a dark blue pickup truck and sustained life-threatening injuries, police said.

The driver of the pickup truck was identified as 72-year-old Theodore Spalding who was reportedly intoxicated.

Police said Spalding was charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence and second degree assault with a motor vehicle and is being held on a $100,000 bond.

He is expected to appear in court on July 17.

"We heard a loud bang that almost sounded like something fell off a truck and I thought that's what it was," said neighbor Christina D'Amico. "But when I had to leave I saw the pedestrian in other driveway and he had been hit."

The jogger was rushed to a nearby hospital where he remains in critical condition.

Middletown Avenue between Cloudland Road and Great Meadow Drive were closed for several hours for the investigation by the South Central Connecticut Regional Traffic Unit.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation. The driver stayed on the scene and was cooperating with police.

"We have a regional traffic squad that will investigate the incident," North Haven Police Capt. Mark Genovese said. "We already have our man assigned to it, and we'll be out here for at least a couple of hours."

Anyone with any information about the crash is asked to call police at 203-239-5321.

Police said they do have an idea as to who that jogger is, since they are familiar with the people who use that route. But, they're not releasing his name or the driver's name at this point.

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