Man Struck and Killed While Delivering Newspapers in West Hartford

possible pedestrian hit in West Hartford

A 64-year-old Jamaican man is dead after he was hit by a pickup on South Main Street while delivering newspapers in West Hartford early Friday morning.

Police identified the man as Belford Muir, 64, of Jamaica, and said he was visiting family for an unknown amount of time and sometimes delivers Hartford Courant newspapers with his son.

Officers responded to the scene after receiving a report around 6:38 a.m. from someone who said CPR was in progress.

Muir was driving a Honda Accord, which was parked on the right side of the road, and police said he was crossing the street when a Ram 1500 pickup hit him.  

Police officers and firefighters provided medical assistance and Muir was transported to Hartford Hospital, but was soon pronounced dead, according to police.

Police said Muir was working for an independent delivery company contracted to deliver the Hartford Courant and other newspapers.

“Our deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends of everyone involved in today’s incident, which involved an independent  delivery contractor,” Andrew S. Julien, publisher and editor-in-chief of the Hartford Courant, said in a statement.

This is the fourth fatal pedestrian crash in the state in less than 24 hours.

Ashly Ferguson, 31, of Middletown, was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer on I-95 South in Old Lyme Thursday when she got out of her car to check on a child in the back seat. 

Bryan Nagel, 49, of Hartford, was struck while crossing the Bulkeley Bridge in Hartford on Thursday night. 

Twenty-year-old jeremy Mercier, of Enfield, was struck while riding a skateboard on Route 5 in Enfield around 1 a.m. Friday. Police are still trying to identify the driver who hit him.

Nearly 300 people have been killed in car crashes in the state this year.

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