New Haven police officer injured in hit-and-run on Long Wharf Drive speaks to News 8

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The New Haven Police officer injured by a hit-and-run driver last week spoke exclusively to News 8 Sunday.

Officer David Lavorgna, who was hit by a car while getting out of his cruiser on Long Wharf Drive, tells News8 he feared his life was in danger.

“Yes I did,” he said. “I absolutely did.”

“I got hit with the passenger side mirror of the vehicle to my stomach as well as my knees were struck by the vehicle as well as my lower extremities,” said Officer Lavorgna. “My partner helped get me out of the road and we waited there for medical attention.”

Related: Witness to New Haven hit-and-run involving a police officer speaks out

The driver of the car took off, leaving Officer Lavorgna on the ground.

Officer Lavorgna is out of the hospital and recovering, now able to walk slowly.

Related: New Haven police officer involved in hit-and-run has been released from the hospital

“I’m not gonna win any foot races or anything like that, but I’m able to move around, get around my house, everything like that,” Officer Lavorgna said. “I’m very grateful that my injuries were not more severe and I’m happy to be here.”

The driver of that car is still at large. Police are asking the public’s help to find him. He was driving a 2014-2019 black Nissan Rogue. Meantime, Officer Lavorgna is thankful to the medical crews that took care of him that night and for well wishes of support he says he’s received from the public.

“I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart,” he said. “It means a lot that I’m getting so many warm wishes.”

Anyone with any information about the hit and run or the driver of the car is asked to call the New Haven Police Department at (203) 946-6316.

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