A 19-year-old Stafford Springs man was airlifted to the hospital after a crash in Ellington early Thursday morning and the driver of the car he was in was on the loose for hours after fleeing on foot from the scene, according to state police.
Police said the driver, a 22-year-old Rockville man, hit a pole in the area of 106 Shenipsit Street just after 1:30 a.m. on Thursday and the crash injured a passenger.
The passenger was able to get out of the heavily damaged car before police arrived and LifeStar transported that person to Hartford Hospital because of the extent of his injuries.
However, the driver left the scene.
Authorities found the person around 4:30 a.m. at a home on Mountain Street in Vernon and an ambulance transported him to Rockville Hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
The crash knocked down wires, causing at least 44 power outages in the area, but power had been restored to all but one customer as of 7 a.m.
Firefighters, Ellington police and state police all responded to the scene.
An accident reconstruction team was called to the scene, state police are investigating and charges are pending.
Police said they expect the road will be shut down for most of the morning while crews do repair work.
Drivers can take Mountain Street, which runs parallel to Shenipsit, as a detour.
Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 860-896-3200.