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Stratford man charged in fatal collision with scooter

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Police: Stratford man charged with fatally striking another man with his car back in February Police: Stratford man charged with fatally striking another man with his car back in February
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A Stratford driver accused of fatally striking a man riding a scooter in February has been charged with negligent homicide, police say.

Richard Rodriguez, of Stratford, was riding his scooter onto Canaan Road from Mary Avenue when a 2015 Toyota Camry slammed into him around 8 p.m. and threw his body about 80 feet, police say. The 47-year-old later died at Bridgeport Hospital from multiple injuries.

Driver Idis Wilson, 27, was allegedly traveling 60 mph in a 25 mph zone.

Police say Wilson, who told them he tried to stop in time but could not, turned himself in on Monday and was cooperative at the scene.

A local store clerk says Rodriguez forgot his wallet and was on his way home to get it at the time of the collision.

"We put his stuff to the side," says Steven Bilodeau, the clerk. "He was on his way back to get his wallet and never made it back."

Police have issued a warning about the dangers of speeding.

"We have all the posted speed limits for a reason, so obviously, drive with caution," says Stratford Police Capt. Frank Eannotti. "You may get away with a lot, but at some point we end up with an unfortunate incident like this."

News 12 Connecticut was unable to reach Rodriguez's family for comment.

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