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Man charged in year-old Conn. hit-and-run

A man has been charged with manslaughter in a hit-and-run accident in Hartford, Conn., last year.  Video showing people ignoring the victim inspired a debate about Hartford's morality.
Ignored Hit and Run
A casket carrying the remains of hit-and-run victim Angel Arce Torres is carried from St. Peter's Church in Hartford, Conn., Friday after his funeral. Bob Child / AP
/ Source: The Associated Press

A Connecticut man has been charged with manslaughter in a hit-and-run accident in Hartford last year that inspired a debate about the community's morality.

The accident was caught on video and showed people ignoring the victim.

Hartford police said Friday they have arrested Luis Negron, 33, of Hartford, on a first-degree manslaughter charge.

The May 30, 2008, accident left Angel Arce Torres paralyzed and mute. He died Monday at the age of 79 at a Hartford hospital after relatives gave approval to take him off life support.

His funeral was Friday, the same day as Negron's arrest.

Police pulled Negron over Thursday and charged him with motor vehicle violations. Authorities say they later received new information that led to the manslaughter charge. They didn't release more details about the new information.

Torres was walking across Park Street in a busy Hartford neighborhood about a mile from the state Capitol when he was struck by one of two wrong-way drivers. He lay motionless in the street as other cars drove by without stopping as a crowd gathered on a sidewalk.

A surveillance camera recorded the accident and the response.

One driver briefly stopped before pulling back into traffic; the operator of a motor scooter circled the man before taking off again.

A police officer arrived less than two minutes later.

The video touched off a round of soul-searching in Hartford, with the city's newspaper blaring "SO INHUMANE" on the front page. Police Chief Daryl Roberts lamented at the time, "We no longer have a moral compass. We have no regard for each other."