Teen Seriously Hurt in Willimantic Motor Scooter Crash

A 19-year-old who was seriously hurt when he crashed his motorized scooter on Main Street in Willimantic yesterday had surgery this morning, according to police.

Willimantic police said the young man was not wearing a helmet and suffered injuries to his skull and spine when his scooter collided with car. He was airlifted to Hartford Hospital, where he remains in serious condition.

Police said the victim was driving erratically, darting in and out of traffic, before crashing near the intersection of Ives Street. It does not appear he hit the brakes, according to Willimantic police spokesman Cpl. Stanley Parizo Jr.

A family riding in the car was not seriously hurt. Police said the driver, who suffered minor injuries when glass fell on him during the collision, stayed at the scene.

The people involved have not been publicly identified. Police said it's possible the teen driving the scooter could face charges.

Authorities are investigating to determine the cause of the crash.

Police are asking witnesses to come forward and call police with information. Callers may remain anonymous.

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