Hartford police seek van driver after violent hit-and-run - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Hartford police seek van driver after violent hit-and-run

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A screen shot of the surveillance video moments before the victim was struck. (Hartford police photo) A screen shot of the surveillance video moments before the victim was struck. (Hartford police photo)
Police said the plates the van were misused. (Hartford police photo) Police said the plates the van were misused. (Hartford police photo)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

A pedestrian remains in a medically-induced coma after a serious hit-and-run in Hartford.

Police released graphic surveillance footage of the incident in hopes that the public can help track down the driver.

They said it happened Monday near 333 Homestead Ave. just before 4:45 p.m.

When they arrived, they said they found the victim lying in the road across the eastbound lane.

“It was the most horrific thing you've ever seen," Capt. Leo Lloyd said. 

Lloyd told police that the man was in a crosswalk trying to cross from a south sidewalk when he was struck. Police said he landed about 150 feet away from the point of impact.

“The impact was so incredible, it threw him 2 or 3 times over the van and he landed 35-40 yards on his head," Lloyd said. 

Police said the evading vehicle continued on Homestead Avenue without stopping.

Lloyd said he arrived moments after the crash and ran over to the victim.

“Even after being hit, the cars weren't stopping," Lloyd said. “He was in danger of being run over, so we pulled him over to the side where that trees is and we prayed for him.”

The vehicle was described as a tan Chrysler Town and Country van with Connecticut license plate 395-YMM.

Though police have the plate registration, they said it's a misused plate so they found no information tied to it.

“The vehicle isn't registered or the plate itself isn't registered to that vehicle,” Hartford Police Officer Kelly Baerga said.

Investigators said the vehicle may have front bumper, hood and windshield damage.

Video surveillance from a nearby Salvation Army building caught the incident on camera.

Police said the pedestrian suffered from broken legs, arms and a head injury. He's being treated at St. Francis Hospital. Doctors told police that his injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.

Many people said they hope the victim makes a full recovery.

“This guy is lucky to be alive," Lloyd said. 

Anyone with information about the driver or the vehicle is asked to contact the Hartford Police Department at 860-757-4000 or by clicking here.

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