Father of 6 Struck and Killed in Hartford

Hartford police have identified a pedestrian killed when a car struck him late Sunday night and police said the the driver they have in custody appeared to be intoxicated.

Frank Morales, 38, of Hartford, died after the driver of a 2001 Chevy Blazer ran a red light and hit him when he was leaving Ernie's Market in Hartford around 9 p.m. near the intersection of Albany Avenue and Williams Street, police said.

Morales, a father of six children ranging from 1-year old to another in the 20s, had stopped at the store to buy cigarettes and was struck when he left, Frank's sister, Janette Morales, said.

Hartford Fire Captain Helene Lynch said her department responded to the crash and performed CPR until an ambulance could transport Morales to St. Francis Hospital. Police said he was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Police have not released the name of the driver who hit Morales, as well as a parked car, but said in a news release that the suspect appeared to be intoxicated. They've also identified the people in the car, but those names have not been released either.

Albany Avenue was closed from Sunday night to Monday morning, but the scene has since been cleared.

The cause of the crash is unknown. There were some icy patches in the area on Monday morning, but police said that it's too early to tell if that's a factor.

The investigation is ongoing and a accident reconstruction team from the Hartford police crime scene division is evaluating the scene.

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