Waterbury man struck in deadly hit-and-run on Wolcott St. identified, PD searching for suspect


WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — A man in Waterbury has died at a hospital after a hit and run on Wolcott Street, and police are looking for the driver involved.

The incident happened just near 8:14 p.m. in the area of 760 Wolcott Street near the Pep Boys Autho Parts in Waterbury Thursday, Oct. 22. Police say a vehicle hit 67-year-old James Gatlin, of Waterbury, who was pushing a shopping cart across the road.

Gatlin was found unconscious and unresponsive, suffering from serious head and leg injuries at the scene. He was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. He was pronounced dead at 8:25 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24 at Saint Mary’s Hospital.

Police say, the suspect vehicle hit Gatlin and did not stop. It continued northbound on Wolcott Street — with Gatlin still on the hood of the vehicle. The suspect vehicle then took a right turn onto Pritchard Avenue at which point Gatlin fell onto the street.

The suspect vehicle continued on Pritchard Road toward Stillson Road.

WATCH: Police released surveillance video of the suspect vehicle:

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) has determined the cause of death to be blunt force trauma to the head, torso, and lower extremities and the manner of death as an accident.

This remains an open and active investigation.

Anyone who witnessed this accident or has any information about the suspect vehicle or operator is asked to contact Officer Lee of the Traffic Services Accident Reconstruction Unit at (203) 346-3975 or the Waterbury Police at (203) 574-6911

Image of suspect vehicle shortly after striking the pedestrian and fleeing the area. Photo: Waterbury PD

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