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Family of injured biker searches for answers

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Steve Zavatkay. (Family photo) Steve Zavatkay. (Family photo)
Jacob, Ian, and Dylan Zavatkay. (WFSB photo) Jacob, Ian, and Dylan Zavatkay. (WFSB photo)

A man is fighting for his life after he was found injured on the side of Savage Street in Southington.

Crews responded to a bike accident early Friday morning in which the victim was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury.

Family members of the 44-year-old male victim told Eyewitness News that they are desperately trying to find out what led up to the incident.

Cousins Jacob, Ian, and Dylan Zavatkay spent Sunday afternoon driving up and down Savage Street searching for clues and evidence that could help them piece together what happened to their uncle.

They told Eyewitness News that their uncle, Steve Zavatkay, had just left on his bike from work as a dishwasher at the Back Nine Tavern around 2 a.m. on Friday morning.

"We really don't know the story and that's why we're trying to figure out what's going on," said Ian Zavatkay, one of the three nephews of the victim.

Relatives say Zavatkay was unconscious on the side of the road but it's unclear if he was hit by a car, attacked, or in an accident.

When he was found, family members say his wallet and phone were gone.

"For him to be without his belongings, it's quite strange, said Dylan Zavatkay, nephew of victim. “Especially for Steve to leave without his hat, that's not uncle Steve."

The owners of the restaurant told Eyewitness News that they were aware of what happened, but refused to go on camera.

"It was totally out of the blue,” Jacob Zavatkay, the victim’s nephew said. “It was something no one could expect."

The Southington Police Department could not be reached for comment.

In the meantime, the family is asking anyone with information to give police a call.

The incident was the second time in as many months that police are investigating a serious incident on Savage Street.

On Aug. 15, 50-year-old Amal Abouchakra was killed after being struck by a vehicle. She was walking near Rockwood Drive.

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