Cops arrest driver in fatal hit-and-run accident

A local man who allegedly mowed down a pedestrian on Kelly Drive last summer surrendered to police earlier today.

Paul DiDonato, 28, of Valley Avenue near Henry Avenue, was charged with homicide by vehicle, involuntary manslaughter and related offenses in connection with the July 25 hit-and-run accident that claimed the life of Bradley Grogan, 47, police said.


Investigators said DiDonato was behind the wheel of a dark Jeep Wrangler that struck Grogan, of West Hartford, Conn., on Kelly Drive near Fairmount Avenue about 10:40 that night. The Jeep pulled to the side of the road after the crash, but sped off as medics and cops arrived at the scene. Investigators were helped by several passersby who witnessed the crash, said Capt. Mike Murphy, head of the police Accident Investigation Division.

"It's always a good feeling when we bring one of these cases in," Murphy said.