Man Pleads Guilty To Manslaughter In Connecticut Hit and Run Caught on Video

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Feb 24, 2010 3:45pm

ABC News' Eamon McNiff Reports:

It was arguably one of last year’s most chilling videos: a black and white surveillance video capturing the moments a man was struck by a car while he crossed a road in Hartford. The man, 79-year old Angel Arce Torres would lay injured and motionless on the ground while cars and trucks simply drove past. He would later die from his injuries, and the seeming non-reaction from passing motorist and bystanders left Hartford Police Chief Daryl Roberts to proclaim to media that his city has lost its “moral compass.” Police would later report that several people did call 911.

Now the man who struck Torres, Luis Negron, pleaded guilty in Hartford Superior Court this week before his trial was to start. Negron was reportedly chasing another motorist in a dispute over money when he struck Torres.

According to the Hartford Superior Court, Negron has pleaded guilty to manslaughter and evading responsibility for leaving the scene of an accident. The plea calls for up to 12 years in prison, sentencing is scheduled for May 3, which would have been Torres’ 80th birthday.

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