Police: Pedestrian hit by car in Bridgeport

Police say the victim was walking southbound on Beechmont Avenue when he was struck.

Tom Krosnowski, Emily Knapton and Rose Shannon

Jan 11, 2024, 5:18 PM

Updated 183 days ago


Bridgeport police say a pedestrian was struck and seriously injured Tuesday evening at the intersection of Springdale Street and Beechmont Avenue.
Police say the victim was walking southbound on Beechmont Avenue when he was struck. There was not a crosswalk.
They say the driver stayed at the scene and is cooperating.
The victim was taken to St. Vincent's Medical Center.
Authorities say the heavy rain may have been a contributing factor.
"It was late at night, the road conditions were very wet, weather conditions were very rainy. There was not a lot of street light in the area," says Andrew Orum, an investigator with the Bridgeport Police Traffic Division.
It is not known if any charges were pending or the nature of the man's injuries.
Police say the intersection of Springdale and Beechmont is relatively safe. Data shows eight crashes have happened there since May 2018.
"It is a safe place for pedestrians to be if they're in the proper spot, using sidewalks, using crosswalks and just simply abiding by the law," says Orum.
Police say the crash was the the city's second pedestrian-involved crash in five days. Last week, a woman was fatal struck while crossing Washington Avenue with her walker.
"There has been an uptick in crashes in the city," says Orum.
In both incidents, the drivers stopped and cooperating.
Orum says the responsibility is on drivers and pedestrians to decrease the number of crashes, with speeding being a factor in many incidents.
"I want to see more drivers slow down, and I want to see more pedestrians being mindful," says Orum.
Police are asking anyone who might have relevant information to their investigation to call the Traffic Division at 203-576-7640 or the Police Tips Line at 203-576-TIPS.

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