Driver Pleads Not Guilty in Fatal Hit and Run Accident in Hartford

March 16, 2011, Hartford, CT, – Ian Carter-Sullivan, the man accused of a fatal hit and run accident that killed a man last December, has pleaded not guilty, has reported.

Carter-Sullivan announced his plea in Superior Court on March 15th. He is still in custody and his bail is set at $750,000. His next court date is scheduled for April 19th. Carter-Sullivan had been arraigned in Manchester, but his case was handed over to Part A in Hartford, which handles weighty felonies.

He was arrested on January 20th, for the car crash that occurred December 3rd in Glastonbury claiming the life of Christopher Blanchard, 43.

The hit and run accident happened near Route 2 on Hebron Avenue shortly before 8 p.m. Carter-Sullivan was driving his mother’s car, a Ford Taurus. According to the warrant, police said Carter-Sullivan stated that he took his eyes off the road to check the speedometer and when he looked up he saw someone. He then stated that he heard a noise when the collision occurred.

He reportedly told police that he regrets not stopping to offer assistance. Although Carter-Sullivan acknowledged hitting someone, he stated only a few details which did not include how he arrived at home so soon after the fatal hit and run accident. He did, however, recall that he had a panic attack once at home.

He contacted the police the next day, after he was made aware that Blanchard had died.

According to crash statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 223 fatalities in 2009 because of traffic accidents in Connecticut.

As a service to the residents of Connecticut, our firm will frequently publish blogs about local traffic accidents. We do this to raise awareness about the common types of motor vehicle accidents occurring in Connecticut that may result in serious injury or traffic fatalities.

Common accidents in Connecticut include, but are not limited to:

  • single-car accidents;
  • accidents caused by hazardous road conditions; and
  • accidents caused by distracted drivers or aggressive driving.

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