Police Arrest Driver Accused of Taking Off After Hitting Motorcyclist

State police have arrested a driver who they say hit a motorcyclist on I-84 on Saturday morning before leaving the scene.

The crash happened in the eastbound lanes of I-84 near Exit 39 around 4:45 a.m. on Saturday.

Police said the motorcyclist had pulled into the right shoulder and stopped for a brief time before pulling back out into traffic. That's when police say a Ford Explorer driven by 26-year-old Michael Rios, of Hartford, collided with the motorcycle.

The motorcyclist was thrown from his motorcycle and suffered serious injuries. A teenager on his way to the airport helped save the victim by using his belt as a tourniquet, according to the teen's family.

Rios took off, and abandoned the Explorer on the Exit 39 off ramp, according to state police. He was found a short time later by Farmington police and taken into custody.

Rios was charged with evading responsibility, reckless endangerment, operating an unregistered motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, improper use of license plates and operating a motor vehicle without minimum insurance.

The motorcyclist suffered serious, but non-life threatening injuries.

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