Police ID pedestrian hit by car in Stamford; driver says she didn't see him
A Stamford man was fatally hit by a car Thursday morning on Newfield Avenue, according to police.
Police say Erwin Reich, 72, was jogging or walking not too far from his home when he was struck around 6 a.m. He was a regular on that stretch, according to authorities.
The driver, a 62-year-old Stamford woman, stopped and called 911.
Reich was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead.
Police say the woman stayed at the scene and is cooperating with the investigation. She told authorities she did not see Reich.
It was still dark out when the crash happened as sunrise wasn't for another hour or so.
"I don’t know how well the area’s lit. I don’t travel that road that often that time of day, but the area does have streetlights on it that were illuminated at the time of the crash," said Sgt. Jeffrey Booth, of the Stamford Police Department.
Sgt. Booth also said a small reflective vest was found at the scene next to the jacket that he was wearing.
"We’re assuming he was wearing it over his jacket," he said.
Newfield Avenue was shut down from Gray Farms Road to Weed Hill Avenue for more than three hours as investigators collected evidence.
Both the driver and Reich were on the northbound side of Newfield Avenue, but still aren't sure which way the victim was walking or jogging, according to police.
"Pedestrian crashes are always challenging when it's just the driver and pedestrian and no other witnesses because we really have to look at the roadway, and we have to try to determine where the actual crash occurred, which in some of these cases is not an easy thing to do," Sgt. Booth said.
Anyone who may have witnessed or have information on the accident is asked to call 203-977-4444.
All information gathered will be turned over to the Stamford State's Attorney's Office, which will decide whether to file charges.