STAMFORD, Conn. -- A quick-thinking witness took a cellphone photograph of the license plate of the car that struck and flipped a 50-year-old man from South Salem, N.Y., who was crossing a street in Stamford early Friday, police said.
The pedestrian was taken to Stamford Hospital and placed in the Intensive Care Unit with several serious cuts to his head and face.
Just after midnight, a driver, identified by police as Terrell Culver, 43, was eastbound on Richmond Hill Avenue in a green 1996 Mazda Protege when he struck the 50-year-old man and sent him flying, according to Stamford police Sgt. Kelly Connelly.
A witness told police the man "flipped 360 degrees until he hit the pavement," Connelly said.
Several people gathered in front of Beamers Cafe at 206 Richmond Hill Ave. saw the accident, and one witness quickly took a photograph of the Protege, which stopped and then drove off, police said.
Officers responded to the scene and discovered the Protege parked farther down Richmond Hill Avenue, police said. Culver failed the roadside sobriety tests, police said, and was taken into custody.
The injured pedestrian was found lying face down in the eastbound lane, bleeding heavily and having difficulty breathing, Connelly said. He recovered consciousness in hospital but had no recollection of the accident, she said.
Police arrested Culver, of 11 Rose Park Ave., and charged him with second-degree assault with a motor vehicle while under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident, driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, failing to avoid a collision with a pedestrian and failure to insure his car.
Bond was set at $2,500. Culver was also given a court date of July 23.
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