Manager of blindness support center dies following double pedestrian accident
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - Two pedestrians were killed in a crash on Blue Hills Avenue in Hartford Wednesday morning.
Lt. Aaron Boisvert from the Hartford Police Department said the crash happened in the area of Blue Hills Avenue and Westminster Street.
He held a news conference around 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday:
“The vehicle in question we believe was traveling at high rate of speed going down Blue Hills Avenue, crossing the street,” Boisvert said. “It’s very unfortunate. It’s a horrific scene. Nobody wants to see that or be exposed to that. Unfortunately, it happened this morning.”
People who live in the north end of Hartford say the speeding is out of control.
“Speeding is the main thing on this street here. It’s ridiculous,” said Donald Thomas, Hartford.
Donald Thomas has seen several horrific car accidents living on Blue Hills Avenue.
When he stepped outside this morning, he saw a tan Subaru Crosstrek crashed into a telephone pole.
The driver did not flee after the vehicle hit the utility pole, police said.
Donald is devastated and angry that an accident like this has happened again.
“It’s unbearable. But what are you going to? You can’t do anything about it,” Donald said.
Hartford police identified the victims as Steve Famiglietti, 49, of Hartford, and Corey Richmond, 36, of New Haven.
Steve Famiglietti was the manager of the Eleanor A. Brooks Blindness Support Center at Oak Hill in Hartford.
They released a statement on Facebook regarding his passing.
It is with deep sorrow that we announce the sudden passing of Steve Famiglietti, Manager of the Eleanor A. Brooks Blindness Support Center. The police investigation is still unfolding but to the best of our understanding, Steve and his partner Corey were struck by a speeding vehicle close to Oak Hill’s campus early this morning. Steve was a fixture of the Oak Hill Community for nearly 20 years, pioneering our digital accessibility program and teaching others how to use adaptive technology. Steve was a passionate advocate for accessibility and was ever the patient teacher while showing others how to make the world more inclusive for those with visual impairments. When he wasn’t storm chasing Tornadoes across the Plains, Steve could frequently be found in the company of his service dogs, Joel and Elvis, whom he loved very dearly. We will remember Steve for his courage, tenacity, and kindness. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Oak Hill is eternally grateful for the impact Steve made on our organization and all the lives he changed for the better. Tomorrow, we are called to hug our loved ones a little tighter, and be thankful for the time we have with them now. Steve’s absence will be sorely felt by all who knew him.
Billy Hamilton, 30, was charged with two counts of reckless driving and two counts of manslaughter second-degree.
After crashing into a telephone pole, Hamilton was sent to the hospital with minor injuries.
Blue Hills Avenue was closed from Tower to Plainfield streets.
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