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Injured teen pedestrian still under treatment

Updated 10:36 am, Friday, November 16, 2012
  • Police have identified a 15-year-old Westport girl as the pedestrian who was struck Friday, Nov. 2 on Post Road East near its intersection with East Main Street. Photo: Tom Cleary / Westport News
    Police have identified a 15-year-old Westport girl as the pedestrian who was struck Friday, Nov. 2 on Post Road East near its intersection with East Main Street. Photo: Tom Cleary

 

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The pedestrian hit Nov. 2 on Post Road East near its intersection with East Main Street is a 15-year-old Westport girl, police confirmed Thursday.

The girl is still being treated at an area hospital for injuries sustained during the accident, according to police Capt. Sam Arciola.

Police, however, have not released the girl's name, nor have they specified the extent of her injuries.

The driver who struck the girl is not expected to be charged, Arciola said.

"Based on the preliminary information, it does not appear that the operator was at fault," Arciola added.

The girl was walking across the four-lane road at approximately 7 p.m. and was struck in an eastbound lane, according to police. There was no crosswalk near the accident scene. The driver of the car stopped immediately and remained on the scene, police added.

A number of serious vehicle-pedestrian collisions have occurred on Post Road East in recent years.

In 2008, a 49-year-old Westport man died after being struck by a car in a crosswalk between the entrances of the Lansdowne condominium complex and the Sasco Creek mobile-home development.

Two years later, a

62-year-old Westport woman was killed after she was hit while traversing a crosswalk at the intersection of Post Road East and Westfair Drive.

Days earlier, a 93-year-old Stamford man died from injuries he suffered after he was struck by a vehicle on a section of Post Road East in downtown Westport. He was not in a crosswalk, according to police.

In November 2011, a 19-year-old Shake Shack employee was hit while crossing Post Road East near the Bulkley Avenue intersection. She suffered a fractured pelvis and concussion, according to a police report.

None of the drivers involved in those four accidents faced charges.

Westport police unsuccessfully sought an arrest warrant to charge with negligent homicide the motorist who struck the 62-year-old Westport woman. In the accident involving the Shake Shack employee, police issued an infraction to the victim, alleging that she failed to yield the right-of-way to a vehicle and did not use a crosswalk.

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