A 76-year-old Hartford man has died after his scooter was struck by a truck carting a landscaping trailer in Hartford Tuesday morning.
Police said Jesus Torres-Colon was in critical condition with life threatening injuries at Hartford Hospital, but had succumbed to his injuries Wednesday afternoon.
"This accident unfortunately brings awareness to the safety needs of scooter operators and motorists in Hartford, " said Lt. Foley, of the Hartford Police Department.
Authorities said a Ford F250 pulling a trailer hit Torres-Colon's scooter at Arnold Street and Hillside Avenue at 9:12 a.m.
Police have identified the landscaping company as Rivera Brothers Landscaping LLC, based in East Hartford and said the driver was not a United States citizen.
He has been tentatively identified as Edwin Quijada-Rivera, 25, of Hartford, and has been charged with operating without a license, failure to renew registration, and a stop sign violation.
Police said Quijada-Rivera is not a U.S. citizen and his status is still pending while U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement work to determine his citizenship status.
The truck was traveling east on Arnold Street and the scooter was traveling north on Hillside Avenue when the crash happened, police said.
Accident reconstruction detectives and the Connecticut State's Attorney's Office are investigating and the preliminary investigation indicated the scooter had right of way.
"Investigators believe that Mr. Quijada-Rivera did stop at the sign, however, he failed to yield right of way when he did not see the scooter," said Lt. Foley.
Quijada-Rivera was held on a $20,000 bond.
No charges have been filed.