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Truck, man on scooter collide in Hartford

The following photo of Edwin Quijada-Rivera was provided by the Hartford Police Department. The following photo of Edwin Quijada-Rivera was provided by the Hartford Police Department.

An elderly man is fighting to stay alive after police said he was hit on his scooter in Hartford Tuesday morning by an unlicensed driver, who was arrested in connection with the crash.

Jesus Torres-Colon, 76, was riding a scooter when he was struck by a pickup truck along Hillside Avenue around 9:15 a.m.

Torres-Colon was taken to Hartford Hospital with life-threatening injuries, police said. He is listed in critical condition.

"Yesterday he was talking to me and today I can't believe it," said Gilberto Mercado of Hartford.

Edwin Quijada-Rivera, 25, who was driving the truck, has no license, however the truck was properly registered and insured, police said.

Police said Quijada-Rivera blew a stop sign at the corner of Arnold Street, which is not far from where he lives, and collided with a bicycle.

Investigators said Torres-Colon was heading northbound on Hillside Avenue, and according to police, had the right of way.

Quijada-Rivera was arrested and charged with a stop sign violation and operating without a license. However, charges could be upgraded if Torres-Colon's condition changes.

Investigators said they are examining Quijada-Rivera's immigration status. He is currently being held at the Hartford Police Department,

Since the scooter has a 49cc engine, police said Torres-Colon was not required to register it.

Police released the following safety tips for people riding scooters:

  • Understand that motorists frequently have a difficult time spotting scooters, use caution when near hazards, corners, blind spots, driveways and intersections.
  • Always wear a helmet and protective gear for your body and eyes.
  • Wear bright colors.
  • Use you lights, signals and horn frequently.
  • Anything you can do to help bring attention to yourself when you're on the road will help ensure that other drivers know you're there.
  • Obey all traffic laws.

"Motorists need to be aware that in Hartford, as in all urban areas, these scooters are very popular," said Hartford police Lt. Brian J. Foley in a statement Tuesday. "Motorists need to be keenly aware and on the lookout for them."

An accident reconstruction team from the Hartford Police Department is investigating the crash. Anyone with information is urged to call Hartford police at 860-757-4000 or the tip line at 860-722-TIPS (8477). All calls will be kept confidential.

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