Hartford City Vehicle Involved in Crash

By Stephanie O'Connell
|  Sunday, Sep 29, 2013  |  Updated 4:19 PM EDT
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Hartford City Vehicle Involved in Crash

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Hartford police are investigating after a city-owned vehicle was involved in a serious crash early Saturday morning.

Police responded to the intersection of Asylum Avenue and Cogswell Street around 2:15 a.m. Saturday after learning that a city vehicle was involved in a serious crash.

The city vehicle, a 2013 Ford Explorer, was traveling through a green light at the intersection when it were struck by a 2004 GMC Yukon traveling through a red light at the intersection.

The driver of the Yukon, 30-year-old Edwin Rodriguez, fled the scene and was later arrested at his home at 173 Albany Avenue in Hartford.

Rodriguez told police that he left the scene to "use the bathroom." He has a record of nine previous arrests in Hartford and had an outstanding warrant.

The driver of the city car, Terry Waller of Hartford, was transported to Saint Francis Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Waller is a captain in the city's fire department.

Waller's passenger, Saundra Kee Borges, was also treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Borges was named the city's Chief Operating Officer this March. The city car was assigned to her.

The accident comes about a week after Mayor Pedro Segarra cut the number of city take-home cars from 73 to 45. Most of those cuts came from the Hartford Police Department.

Last month, the Mayor's former Chief of Staff was arrested for taking his city issued car home without permission after resigning.

At the beginning of the month, Rhonda Moniz-Carroll, the Deputy Director of Hartford's Public Works Department, was fired after police arrested her for allegedly driving drunk in her take home car and crashing.

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