Hit-and-Run Suspect Taunted Victims: Witnesses

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    Two teens were sent to the hospital after a man hit them with his car, police said. A witness said the driver taunted the victims.

    Two teenagers were injured when a driver hit them with a vehicle in Manchester on Thursday and fled, authorities said, but them he came back and taunted the victims, the witnesses said.

    Two boys, ages 15 and 16, were crossing the intersection of Fairfield and Cooper Hill streets at 6:48 p.m., when an SUV hit them.

    Police said the driver sped off, but then came back, looked at the victims on the ground, laughed and yelled at them.

    “Then stopped right there, showed us his middle finger and started laughing and took off,” said Zulma DeJesus, who tried helping the teens until paramedics arrived.

    The two teens were transported to Hartford Hospital and both are suffering serious injuries, according to police. One has broken bones and a head injury, according to officials.

    Responding officers found the suspected driver a block away and arrested Robert Tupper, 55, of Rockville.

    Police said Tupper passed sobriety tests and denied being involved.

    He is facing several charges, including breach of peace, first-degree reckless endangerment and evading responsibility with serious physical injury.

    Tupper is being held on $100,000 bond and is due in court on Friday.

    The accident is under investigation.

    Anyone with information or who witnessed the crash is urged to contact Officer Steven Koss at 860-645-5560.