A Rockville man who hit two teenagers with his car in Manchester, then fled, was charged with evading responsibility with serious physical injury, first-degree reckless endangerment and breach of peace according to police.
The Rockville driver, Robert Tupper, 55, was found a block away from the accident and arrested.
The two victims, ages 15 and 16, were crossing the street at the intersection of Fairfield and Cooper Hill at 6:48 p.m., April 25, when Tupper was alleged to have hit them. He denied that he was involved in the incident, reports NBC Connecticut.
One teen had broken bones, a head injury and was in serious, but not life-threatening condition, according to police. The other teen also suffered injuries. Both were transported to Hartford Hospital.
After hitting the teens and leaving the scene of the incident, Tupper returned and looked at the victims on the ground. He then laughed and showed them his middle finger, according to reports.
Police did not disclose if the man had been drinking. The episode is still being investigated.
According to national statistics, about 11 percent of all vehicle accidents are hit and run incidents. This is equal to approximately 700,000 hit and run car accident cases each year in the US.
If Tupper had been driving under the influence or charged with vehicular assault, he would have been required to participate in the Ignition Interlock Device (IID) Program. Participation in the program requires the guilty driver to complete and mail a form along with a $100 administration fee.
Once the IID is installed the driver receives a form that he must take to the Department of Motor Vehicles to have it verified.
The device requires the driver to blow into it before the car’s ignition can be started.
Drivers whose cars must be outfitted with the device need to have it in every car they possess. The law requires the driver to bring the car to the installer of the device to calibrate it every 30 days.
If someone is convicted of tampering or removing the device, having someone else blow into it or driving any vehicle without it has his or her license suspended.
The Connecticut auto accident attorneys of Berkowitz and Hanna LLC represent individuals who are injured in hit and run accidents as well as other types of motor vehicle and pedestrian accidents. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a hit and run accident, you can turn to our personal injury law firm for qualified representation. We will make sure you recover the compensation you need to get the best medical care possible.