Bicyclist Hit By Car in West Hartford

By Ari Mason
|  Friday, Jun 21, 2013  |  Updated 1:39 PM EDT
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Bicyclist Hit By Car in West Hartford

West Hartford Police Department

Maria Vega was arrested after hitting a bicyclist with car early Friday morning.

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A bicyclist was sent to the hospital after being hit by a car in West Hartford while riding home from work early Friday morning, police said.

Raymond Sanchez, 49, of Hartford was transported to St. Francis Hospital for non-life threatening injuries after being hit by a 2005 Jeep Liberty on New Park Avenue in the area of Raymour & Flanigan and Home Depot, according to police.

Police said Sanchez was riding northbound around 2:25 a.m. when a car struck him from behind, destroying his bicycle and leaving him with multiple injuries. The car stopped briefly, made a U-turn and sped off down New Park Avenue in the direction from which it had come, police said.

A trail of antifreeze led officers to the driver’s home at 160 Hollywood Avenue, where they found the car with heavy damage to the right front end and windshield.

Driver Maria Vega, 45, of West Hartford was arrested on the scene and charged with evading responsibility, driving while intoxicated, failure to rive right and interfering with an officer. Vega was released on a $25,000 non-surety bond, police said.

Officers also arrested another woman, Brena Viera, 41, of 35 Adams Street in East Hartford. Viera was charged with interfering with an officer and was released on a $5,000 non-surety bond.

Anyone with information is asked to call the West Hartford Police traffic division at 860-523-2007.

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