Police Identify Man Run Over By Payloader In West Hartford

  • Sgt. Mike Perruccio said this payloader was involved in the accident, which happened about 6:20 a.m. at Zysk Brothers Inc., 24 Brixton St. He didn't have details about the injured man's condition, but said he is at an area hospital. Evidence markers could be seen on each of the vehicle's right tires and on the ground.
Sgt. Mike Perruccio said this payloader was involved in the accident, which… (Christine Dempsey | Hartford Courant)
June 30, 2011|By CHRISTINE DEMPSEY and HILLARY FEDERICO, cdempsey@courant.com, The Hartford Courant

A 43-year-old Southington man was seriously injured Thursday when a payloader ran over him, police said.

It appears Craig Abendroth walked in front of the machine while it was being operated in a dirt parking lot outside Zysk Brothers Inc., in the Elmwood section of town, around 6:20 a.m., police said. The company does masonry, landscaping, excavating and other types of property maintenance.

The payloader, which was driven by a co-worker, ran over Abendroth, leaving him with life threatening injuries, police said.

Four hours after the accident, Abendroth was in surgery at Hartford Hospital, where he remained in "very critical condition," said Lt. Jeffrey Rose, head of the police department's accident reconstruction team.

The driver, Nick Moffo, also had to be transported to a hospital because he was distraught, Rose said.

Team members were at the scene throughout the morning, placing evidence markers on the truck's tires and on the ground. Some investigators looked at the scene from the top of a fire truck's ladder for clues as to how the accident happened.

"We're going to do everything we can to find out what happened here," Rose said.



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