Pedestrian Seriously Injured in Crash on I-91 in Windsor

Police are investigating a crash that seriously injured a pedestrian and shut down part of Interstate-91 in Windsor on Sunday night.

I-91 north was blocked off by exits 39 and 41 while investigators focused on two cars right beyond the exit ramp, one of which had heavy damage to the front end. The three lanes that were closed have since reopened.

According to state police, a vehicle was parked in the right shoulder of I-91 north immediately after the exit ramp for exits 39 and 41. The driver, later identified as 45-year-old Gaetano Bompastore, was outside of his vehicle for an unknown reason.

A second vehicle was traveling north on I-91 before exits 39 and 41 when it left its lane and hit the back of the vehicle that was stopped. When the stopped vehicle was hit, it moved forward and hit Bompastore.

Bompastore was transported to Hartford Hospital to be treated for serious injuries, police said. The driver and all four children inside of the second vehicle were transported to Bay State Medical Center for treatment of non life-threatening injuries.

The accident remains under investigation.

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