Woman Charged After Striking Pedestrian On Route 1, Police Say

A Fairfield County woman was arrested allegedly after striking a bicyclist by passing on the right of another vehicle and leaving the scene of the crash.

<p>Post Road (Route 1) and Sedgwick Avenue in Darien.</p>

Post Road (Route 1) and Sedgwick Avenue in Darien.

Photo Credit: Google Maps street view

Mei Ling Bigley, age 75, of Stamford, was arrested on Saturday, Jan. 9, after Darien Police responded to Post Road for a report of a hit and run crash, said Sgt. James Palmieri.

According to Palmieri, the victim was walking their bike across Post Road when a westbound vehicle stopped and wave them across. 

As the victim began to cross in front of the stopped vehicle, Bigley allegedly passed the stopped vehicle on the right and struck the bicyclist, and then left the area, Palmieri said.

The victim was knocked to the ground and transported to the hospital for evaluation.

The description and license plate of Bigley's vehicle was broadcast to area police and a responding officer was able to locate her vehicle on Post Road entering I-95 and made a traffic stop, Palmieri said.

During the stop, Bigley allegedly told the officer she thought it was okay to leave the scene because the bicyclist seemed to be okay.

Officers found a black streak of what appeared to be rubber down the driver's side door consistent with a bicycle tire, he added.

When asked to provide insurance Bigley was unable to do so.

Bigley was charged with:

  • Failure to insure a vehicle
  • Passing on right
  • Evading responsibility

She was released on a promise to appear and is due to appear in court on Tuesday, Jan. 19. 

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