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Police searching for driver involved in Bloomfield hit-and-run crash

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A crash has shut down Blue Hills Avenue in Bloomfield on Tuesday morning. (WFSB) A crash has shut down Blue Hills Avenue in Bloomfield on Tuesday morning. (WFSB)

A 49-year-old man was taken to the hospital after police said he was struck by a motor vehicle while crossing the street in Bloomfield on Tuesday morning.

 The unidentified South Windsor man, who had just gotten off a  CTtransit bus, was hit by a vehicle in the area of 1415 Blue Hills Ave. around 6:15 a.m. 

The man was rushed to an area hospital with "a lower left leg injury," Bloomfield police Capt. Stephen Hajdasz said. 

Hajdasz said the vehicle did not stay on the scene and now, police are looking for the driver.

"That's just terrible, ya know...I mean, you had to know you hit somebody," Rob Ruggiero, who is the owner of Speed Demon Cycles, said. You have to check and make sure they're alright."

The vehicle is believed to be a dark-colored Nissan and investigators have the passenger’s side mirror from a Nissan along with pieces of black plastic from the evading vehicle, Hajdasz added.   

The  CTtransit bus dropped some passengers off on the northbound side of Blue Hills Avenue, which is also known as Route 187 and the passengers including the man were "crossing the roadway in a westerly direction making his way to the curb-line when struck" by the vehicle, Hajdasz said. 

"Since there are so many employees at HomeGoods and Pepperidge Farms, maybe they should put a crosswalk there," Thomas Bryant, who is a business owner in Bloomfield, said. "Probably would be a great idea."

Bryant, who owns Both Lox Stock and Bagels and Michael John's Pizza on Blue Hills Avenue, said he is wondering if more could be done to help people cross. There are lights near these bus stops, but there isn't a cross-walk.

"Something has to be done about that area of Blue Hills, for sure," Ruggiero said. 

 CTtransit officials said the bus driver "on that trip did not report any accident." 

"We’ve talked to him since then and he says he remembers the passenger getting off at that location but was not aware anything happened afterwards," CTtransit General Manager David A. Lee said in a statement on Tuesday. 

The cause of the crash is under investigation by the Bloomfield Police Department. Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call the Bloomfield Police Department at 860-242-5501.

Blue Hills Avenue in Bloomfield was shut down for the police investigation but had reopened before 7:45 a.m. 

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