Hit and run video sparks outrage

June 6, 2008 9:14:26 AM PDT
Hartford police are looking for the driver of a hit-and-run vehicle that critically injured a 78-year-old man last week. Police on Wednesday released surveillance video of the incident, which shows Angel Torres being struck by a car on May 30. The car, an older model black or blue Honda, appeared to be chasing a tan Toyota.

Police said Torres is in critical condition at Hartford Hospital and is paralyzed.

The video shows numerous cars and pedestrians passing by as Torres lies motionless in the street before a police car arrives on the scene.

"It's a clear indication of what we have become," Hartford Police Chief Daryl Roberts said. "When you see a man laying in the street who's been hit by a car, people just drive around him, walk by him and then you want to say, 'What are the police doing?' Well, that's not a police problem.

"At the end of the day we've got to look at ourselves and understand that our moral values have now changed." Roberts said. "We have no regard for each other."

Police and Torres' family say they are hoping the video will help lead to an arrest.

"My father is fighting for his life," said Torres' son, Angel Arce. "I would like the public right now to help us in identifying the car and the person that did this."

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