Arrest Made in 2008 Conn. Hit-and-Run

By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted May 15, 2009 4:12 PM CDT
The Hartford street where Angel Arce Torres, 79, was struck by a hit-and-run driver on May 30, 2008, and left lying in the road as bystanders ignored his plight, is shown this week.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A year after a hit-and-run accident in downtown Hartford, Conn., captured international attention, and just days after the victim died of his injuries, police have made an arrest, the Courant reports. “The defendant appeared to have remained in the area for at least the past year and never made an attempt to contact officials,” said the prosecutor. “These are actions that are cold and callous.”

Angel Arce Torres, who was 78 at the time of the May 30 incident, was left paralyzed and mute after being struck by a car and lying in the street alone before police arrived. He was hospitalized for the remainder of his life. A Hartford man was arraigned today on a first-degree manslaughter charge at roughly the same time Torres’ funeral was going on.