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Officer's Father Also on Leave After Crash



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    A Windsor Locks teenager was struck and killed by an off-duty police officer.

    Windsor Locks Police officer Michael Koistinen is accused of striking and killing 15-year-old Henry Dang nearly two weeks ago while the officer was off-duty and has been off the job. His father, a sergeant who responded to the scene of the crash, is also on leave. 

    James Bartolini, the Dang family's attorney, said Sgt. Robert Koistinen, who was one of the first people to arrive at the scene on the night of the crash, has been on sick leave.

    A man who identified himself as Robert answered the door at the Koistinen home in Suffield on Thursday night but refused to answer any questions.

    On Wednesday, Dang's brother said State Police informed him they have video of Michael Koistinen at the Suffield Tavern before the crash and the Hartford Courant reports that Koistinen was drinking at a UConn tailgating party before going to the bar.

    Dang's brother said that police let the younger Koistinen go to the hospital on his own and wasn't tested for drunken driving the night of the crash. The family is concerned that police are trying to protect one of their own.

    State Police have since taken over the investigation.

    Friends said they want the truth to come out.

    “If it's true about all this, it just brings it to a whole new level,” Jessica Kuzmickas, a friend of Dang's, said.

    “It would be more disturbing if something doesn't happen about it,” said friend Chelsea Santos.

    “It's troubling,” Ryan Conroy said. “It's very troubling.”

    State Police would not confirm any details of the investigation because it is ongoing. They did say they are looking into all avenues.