°
High: °
Low: °
Wind:
Chance of precipitation:

Forecast

close

Town employee hit by car in 'very serious condition'

Photo by Nelson Oliveira

Benjamin Olmstead, 71, of Norwalk, was struck by a Dodge Ram Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at the intersection of New Norwalk Road, also known as Route 123, and East Avenue in New Canaan, Conn., while spray painting the road. The victim, a veteran of the town's Department of Public Works, suffered "serious injuries" and is being treated at Norwalk Hospital, according to police.

The town employee hit by a car Wednesday morning at the corner of New Norwalk Road and East Avenue is "still in very serious condition," Police Chief Leon Krolikowski said Thursday.

Benjamin Olmstead, a 36-year veteran of the Department of Public Works, was struck by a Dodge Ram while marking the road with spray paint at about 11:20 a.m., according to police.

The pickup truck was traveling north on New Norwalk Road and was attempting to make a left turn onto East Avenue, Krolikowski said.

The 71-year-old victim, who's a Norwalk resident, suffered "serious injuries" and was transported to Norwalk Hospital by the New Canaan Volunteer Ambulance Corps, according to the chief.

Police said the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, 60-year-old Francesco Sorge, also of Norwalk, immediately stopped and remained at the scene.

Olmstead is an engineer and surveyor for the town, according to Director of Public Works Michael Pastore, who said Olmstead was by himself at the site.

"It doesn't sound that good, but we certainly hope that he recovers," Pastore said.

He also said Olmstead is like an "encyclopedia" of New Canaan.

"He probably knows more about the town than anybody I know," Pastore said. "He's always helpful and is always a great asset."

An accident reconstruction team, consisting of New Canaan and Wilton police officers, was investigating the accident Wednesday afternoon, Krolikowski said in a news release. Police would not release more details because "it's too early in the investigation," the chief said.

Olmstead was the third pedestrian struck by a car on a New Canaan road since December.

Town Council member Kathleen Corbet was also hit by a Dodge Ram while crossing Locust Avenue at the intersection of Main Street on a rainy night Dec. 6. In March, a woman was struck by a car on the northwestern corner of Park and Elm streets right after getting off the train.

noliveira@bcnnew.com; 203-330-6582; @olivnelson

Nelson Oliveira

Comments

loading