Bronx, N.Y., truck driver charged with leaving scene of Norwich crash

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Norwich — The Bronx, N.Y., driver of a tractor-trailer car carrier faces charges after he allegedly fled back to New York after crashing into a utility pole on Feb. 18, knocking out power to a portion of the city.

Jose Jimenez-Rodriguez, 38, of Bronx, N.Y., was charged Monday by Norwich police with failure to drive right and evading responsibility. He is scheduled to appear March 10 in Norwich Superior Court.

Police said Jimenez-Rodriguez was driving the truck with a car delivery trailer to deliver a vehicle to Girard Ford on West Thames Street. Near the dealership, the truck allegedly struck a utility pole, damaging the pole heavily and causing wires to fall.

Police said the driver fled back to New York state without delivering the vehicle. Police said Jimenez-Rodriguez told his boss of the incident and he returned to Norwich to face the charges.

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