Worker Dies After Being Struck by Car in Connecticut

June 14, 2024
Arrested driver also hit equipment and a dump truck on site.

A construction worker died Wednesday after being hit by a car in Hartford, Conn. on a site in the area of West Boulevard at South Whitney Street.

According to a report from, police initially determined the car was headed west on West Boulevard at a high speed when it went through a construction site staffed by a private contractor that had a trench in the roadway and hit a worker.

The worker, identified Jose Diaz-Nieves, 54, of East Hartford, died at the scene, according to the report.

The car also hit other equipment and a dump truck at the scene, authories said.

The driver of the car, identified as Tommy Nguyen, 25, of Hartford, was detained and arrested by police, and two other people inside the vehicle were taken to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

The Hartford Police Department’s Crime Scene Division responded to the scene and is conducting an ongoing investigation.

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