NEWINGTON, Conn. (WFSB) – A family remained hospitalized Wednesday morning after being struck and dragged by a hit-and-run driver in Newington.
A quick-thinking good Samaritan was being credited with jumping into action to save the three victims after Tuesday’s incident on Christian Lane.
Richard Ruiz said he felt pretty good about what he did. He said he wasn’t about to stand by and watch.
According to eyewitnesses, a mother, her pregnant daughter and a young boy were crossing the road when a green Chevy pickup truck plowed into them. The force of the impact left scattered sunglasses and shoes all over the road. All three have serious injuries, according to police.
Ruiz told Eyewitness News that the driver didn’t stop or slow down, so he used his work van to give chase.
“He wasn’t pulling over,” Ruiz said. “I blocked him off. He tried to reverse, somebody else blocked him off and I dragged him out of the car.”
Ruiz said he first used his company’s van to hit the pickup head-on. He then cut off the truck and pulled the driver out, bringing him back to the scene.
“I just dragged him and told him, ‘Let’s go see what’s going on with these people, they’re hurt,'” he explained. “And he said, ‘No, I’m nervous. I’ve got to get out of here.’ I said ‘No, you’re not going anywhere.'”
Ruiz said he made the driver call police himself. He then snapped pictures as police showed up and cuffed the driver.
He said he was thinking about the family and hoped they were OK. As for what he did, Ruiz said it was instincts.
Eyewitnesses said they were glad he was there.
“He blocked him, right away,” said Richard Laporte, an eyewitness. “It was quick thinking and thank God he was there. If not, he would have been gone.”
Police have not released the name of the driver or any possible charges. They said the incident was still under investigation.
They asked anyone with information to call the Newington Police Department.