When Angel Arce Torres was struck in a hit-and-run in June 2008, it became a national news story. Surveillance tape made it appear that no one rushed to the aid of an injured 78-year-old man Hartford lying on a Hartford street and the city was portrayed as cold and uncaring.
But for his son, Angel Arce, this is a personal story about a crash that led to his father’s death in May 2009. Now he is fighting for stiffer penalties for hit-and-run drivers.
Current law does not specifically address hit and run incidents.
On Wednesday, Torres testified before a legislative committee and asked legislators to increase the penalty for negligent homicide with a motor vehicle and create a specific "hit and run" charge.
Luis Negron was arrested on May 15, 2009 and charged in the crash. He pleaded guilty to manslaughter and evading responsibility.
He is due back in court on May 3.