Man Accused of Hitting Pedestrian, Moving Him in Vehicle and Fleeing in Stamford

Stamford Police have arrested a man who is accused of hitting a pedestrian, moving him in his vehicle and then fleeing the scene early Monday morning.

Officers were called to a crash involving a pedestrian on Cove Road just south of Van Buskirk Avenue around 1 a.m.

A witness initially told police that dark-colored BMW had been speeding northbound on Cove Road when it failed to negotiate a left curve near Van Buskirk Avenue, went over the sidewalk and hit a pedestrian, police said.

The pedestrian, later identified as a 22-year-old Stamford resident, was thrown into the street and landed in the northbound lane of Cove Road, officers added.

The driver of the BMW, later identified as 50-year-old Carlos Campo, then placed the pedestrian in his vehicle and drove him to Seaside Avenue, where he dropped him off and fled the scene, according to police.

Witnesses had given an initial description of the vehicle and a license plate, but it did not match the BMW, authorities said.

An officer saw a dark-colored BMW traveling westbound on East Main Street with a plate very similar to what was reported by the witnesses. She initiated a motor vehicle stop and determined that the vehicle had been involved in the collision, police said.

The vehicle had front-end damage consistent with hitting someone and there was a cell phone, later determined to belong to the pedestrian, still stuck between the windshield and the hood, officers added.

Campo, of Stamford, admitted to hitting the pedestrian, according to police. He also showed signs of being intoxicated and failed field sobriety tests.

Campo was placed into custody and transported to Stamford Police Department. Police said he ultimately submitted a breath test and his blood alcohol content was .203 percent and then .201 percent, both of which are above the legal limit of .08 percent.

Campo is facing charges including assault with a motor vehicle, operating under the influence, evading responsibility, reckless operation, and operating with a suspended license. He was held on a $10,000 bond.

The pedestrian was transported to the hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries. He is currently being treated at Stamford Hospital, authorities said.

Anyone with any information about the collision is asked to contact Stamford Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Squad at (203) 977-4712.

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