Denissa Aviles, 23, Evelinda Rodriguez, 43, and Jerry Torres, 18, injured in pedestrian crash on Christian Lane on June 3.

Modified Date: 
Wed, 09/24/2014 - 11:35am
Accident Date: 
Monday, June 2, 2014

Names of Pedestrians Injured in Newington Crash Released

Ruiz said he and friends are planning a fundraiser to help the three victims. Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to call Newington Police at 860-666-8445.

Newington police are investigating a crash that injured three pedestrians on Christian Lane around 1:15 p.m. on Tuesday.

Police identified the three victims as Denissa Aviles, 23, Evelinda Rodriguez, 43, and Jerry Torres, 18, all of New Britain.

Torres was released from the hospital. Aviles and Rodriguez are still hospitalized recovering from their injuries

Witnesses said that a teal pickup hit three people who were crossing the road, dragging them as the driver continued to drive.

"He came out of nowhere. He just plowed them. He didn't bother putting no breaks on. He just hit and kept on going," Richard Ruiz, of New Britain, said.

Ruiz said he was driving up Christian Lane in a white van when he saw the driver run over two women and a young boy.

"He dragged those people like 50 feet. He dragged all three of them," said Ruiz.

When he saw the car wasn't stopping, Ruiz cut across the road in his white van to block the driver's path.

"He bumped into me. He reversed it, tried to get away, but I was on him. He wasn't going nowhere," said Ruiz. "At first he was saying, 'I'm nervous. I'm nervous. I've got to get out of here.' And I said, 'Well you're not going nowhere. These people are hurt. Let's help them.' And he didn't want to, but I dragged him over there."

Police said that while the victims sustained broken bones and cuts, the injuries are non-life threatening.

People Involved: 
Denissa Aviles
Evelinda Rodriguez
Jerry Torres
Richard Ruiz
Keith Loosemore
Christian Lane

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