Hamden police officer struck by car while directing traffic Friday

HAMDEN- A Hamden police officer was injured Friday when he was hit by a car while directing traffic at an intersection where a traffic light malfunctioned.

The officer responded to the call for the broken traffic light at the intersection of Mix Avenue and Benham Street at about 3:30 p.m. Friday, police said.

He had been there for about an hour when he was hit by a car driven by a 79-year-old Woodbridge resident, according to police.

“The officer struck his head on the vehicle and pavement,” police said in a statement Saturday. “He was promptly transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital with head, back and neck injuries.”

The officer suffered a concussion, police said. There’s no word yet on whether the driver will be facing any charges.


Officer Stephen DeGrand of the Hamden Police Department Traffic Division is conducting the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact him at (203) 230-4036.

Hamden Police offer the following tips when an officer is directing traffic:

  • Reduce speed to a reasonable level, below the posted speed limit.
  • Move over a lane, unless such movement would be considered unsafe.
  • If uncertain how to proceed, wait inside your vehicle until the officer approaches you.

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