East Haven PD: Victim got hit by car twice during altercation over unauthorized roof work


East Haven Police are investigating after being called in for a dispute in progress concerning a pedestrian having been struck by a vehicle. 

According to East Haven Police, officers were called to 130 Coe Avenue in the Breezewood Condominiums where officers located a male victim laying in the parking lots being treated for non-life threatening injuries. The victim was being treated by the East Haven Fire Department and was later transported to Yale New Haven Hospital for further evaluation. 

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The victim told police that he had gotten into an argument with another resident, identified as Gary Gambardella, after they began arguing about unauthorized maintenance work done by Gambardella to the roof of the complex. Gambardella, acccording to reports, considers himself the complex’s “de facto” maintenance man. 

Officers report that the argument continued into the parking lot and Gambardella got into his vehicle and backed into the victim as he stood behind Gambardella’s vehicle. The victim state that he was dragged briefly under Gambardella’s vehicle as he attempted to leave the parking lot. The victim also said that he managed to free himself and ran toward Gambardella’s vehicle to prevent him from leaving. The victim reported to police that Gambardella accelerated towards him and struck him again knocking him onto the ground on his back. 

Several witnesses confirmed this report and Gambardella was placed under arrest. He is charged with the following: assault, reckless endangerment, and evading responsibility. He was released on $50,000 bond and is scheduled back in court April. 

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