“Continue the Good Thoughts,” Injured Cop’s Wife Says

Todd Lentocha remains in Hartford Hospital.

East Hartford cruiser struck
NBC Connecticut

A 41-year-old East Hartford police officer remains hospitalized after a pickup hit his cruiser around 12:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

"We would like to express our gratitude for all the love and support we have received from all of you. We ask that you continue the good thoughts and prayers for our family, as it continues to give us strength through this time," Alison Lentocha, wife of Todd Lentocha, said in a statement released on Thursday.

Todd Lentocha, a five-year veteran of the East Hartford police department, was parked on the side of Route 2 early Wednesday morning, working on a case, when Robert Lucky's pickup hit the cruiser and pushed it across the highway, police said.

Sources said Lentocha suffered a serious cut to his head and went through surgery at Hartford Hospital.

Lentocha was driving a K9 vehicle, but the dog was not in the car at the time of the crash.

Lucky, 49, of New Haven, was not hurt, according to a news release from state police. He is cooperating with police.

Witnesses should call Trooper First Class S. Menard at 860-534-1000.

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