Pedestrian Struck By Pickup Truck in North Haven in Critical Condition (Updated 9:30 p.m.)

Unidentified 21-year-old man was hit on Middletown Avenue Wednesday afternoon.

A 21-year-old man is in critical condition after sustaining life-threatening injuries after being struck by a pickup truck on Middletown Avenue on Wednesday afternoon, police said.

The unidentified victim has been transported to an area hospital, according to police.

The victim was found unconscious in the road at about 2:15 p.m.

Middletown Avenue, between Cloudland Road and Great Meadow Drive, will be closed while the South Central Connecticut Regional Traffic Unit investigates the accident.

The driver of the pickup, a blue Ford, stopped at the scene and is cooperating with officers, according to the New Haven Register.

Police are asking anyone who witnessed the accident to contact Officer Ralph Rienzo at 203-239-5321.

Read more at the New Haven Register here.

UPDATE: Police have identified the driver of the pickup truck as 72-year-old town resident Theodore Spalding.

According to a police press release, Spalding was southbound on Middletown Avenue when he collided with the victim who was jogging north on the side of the road.

Police said the initial investigation led officers to suspect Spalding was intoxicated, and "field sobriety tests were performed and Spalding was taken into custody," the release said. He faces charges including operating a motor vehicle while under the influence and second-degree assault with a motor vehicle, and was held in lieu of $100,000 bail. He is to be arraigned Superior Court in Meriden Thursday.


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