Driver Fled After Badly Injuring Pedestrian in Milford: Police

Police are searching for the driver who hit a pedestrian in Milford on Sunday night, causing serious injuries, and left the scene without reporting what happened, according to police. 

Police said the driver of a dark colored sedan hit the pedestrian and the vehicle the person was trying to get into at Bridgeport Avenue and Woodland Avenue around 10:45 p.m. Sunday.

The pedestrian was transported to a local hospital with injuries that might be life-threatening, police said. 

A witness said the driver continued east after hitting the person.

The car police are looking for is missing its passenger side right mirror and would have damage to its right front headlight, bumper and right fender.

Co-workers have identified the victim as Amanda Keane.

Keane had just left her job at the Milford Bridge House Restaurant and walked to her car parked down the street when she was struck by the passing car.

"She is bubbly, kind, sweet," said Rick Jurzyk, part owner of the Bridge House Restaurant.

Jurzyk recalled a recent conversation with his daughter.

"She goes I just love going to the restaurant because I can’t get enough of Amanda’s laugh," he said. "I mean, to know Amanda is to love her."

Police released surveillance video showing the dark colored sedan on Bridgeport Avenue. Police say speed may have been a factor in this hit and run.

"It appears the vehicle prior to impact was moving, with a naked eye, looks like it was moving pretty well," Officer Mike DeVito said.

Bridgeport Hospital doctors are treating Keane for life-threatening injuries.

"She has suffered serious head and neck injuries," DeVito said.

The driver who fled the scene should do the right thing and come forward, Jurzyk said. His staff is hopeful the bubbly waitress will be able to return to work at the restaurant.

"She’s with her family," he said. "Hopefully to a speedy recovery is what we’re all praying for."

Less than 48 hours after this hit and run, police say a car struck a 14-year-old boy trying to cross the same street on his way to a bus stop. He suffered serious, but non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

Milford Mayor Ben Blake told NBC Connecticut over the phone that speed appears to be the only "commonality." He said Milford Police are planning to do enhanced traffic speed enforcement on main roads in the city.

Anyone with information should call the Milford Police Department, Traffic Division (203) 878-5244 and reference case 4833-16.

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