Dangerous New Britain road back in spotlight - KCTV5

Dangerous New Britain road back in spotlight

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NEW BRITAIN, CT (WFSB) -

Downright dangerous and difficult to cross - that's how neighbors describe North Street in New Britain.

On Wednesday morning, a man was hit and killed by a school bus as he was crossing the street in the area of North Street and Clark Street.

While police investigate and no charges have been filed at this point, that's not easing concerns of those who live in the area because they said they've seen one too many crashes.

Emergency crews said they found 81-year-old Charles Mercurio laying near the crosswalk with his cane close by.

Hector Fernandez, who lives across the street, called 911.

"I looked at him and he had blood coming from his head and so he wanted to get up," he said. "I started holding him so he wouldn't move."

Police said the bus was heading north and turned left onto Clark Street when it hit the 81-year-old.

On Wednesday morning, investigators checked underneath the school bus while police talked with witnesses.

Some who live in the neighborhood said with heavy traffic, it can be pretty tricky trying to cross North Street.

In July, 17-year-old Jackson Dejesus was killed in a hit-and-run on North Street just a few blocks away.

Police are still searching for that driver.

At the time, Eyewitness News did some digging and found that in the last six years, hundreds of crashes have been reported on North Street.

Wednesday's crash remains under investigation.

Officials with the bus company, Dattco, said the driver has been with the company for two years, was with another local school bus company before that and has a clean record.

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