Motorcyclist In Serious Condition After Hit-and-Run in Middlebury

The driver whose car allegedly hit the motorcycle was reportedly found at the bar of a local restaurant, after a K-9 tracked his scent.


Angelo T. Ligi, 60, of 6 Skyline Drive, Prospect, is listed in serious condition after a car struck his 1995 Harley Davidson motorcycle, causing it to flip over and eject him from the bike.

The car then fled the scene, according to a press release from Acting Police Chief Richard Wildman.

What Reportedly Happened

Ligi was southbound on Straits Turnpike sometime before 8:32 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, Wildman stated.

A 1998 Toyota Camry turned left from northbound Straits Turnpike onto Woodside Avenue.

The car reportedly struck the motorcycle, causing Ligi to lose control. The bike flipped over, ejecting Ligi. The Toyota Camry then allegedly fled the scene, Wildman said.


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When Middlebury Police Department and Middlebury Fire Department personnel arrived on the scene at approximately 8:32 p.m., police and fire personnel worked on Ligi until AMR paramedics arrived on the scene and took over.

Ligi was transported to Waterbury Hospital and is in serious condition, Wildman stated.

Police began searching for the Toyota Camry and located it, unoccupied, at the Woodside Heights senior housing complex at the top of Woodside Avenue.

Officer Edward Demers began a track with his K-9 JJ and tracked into a heavily wooded and rocky area. Connecticut State Police Troop A in Southbury and Naugatuck police assisted with setting up a perimeter.

When the track went cold, a second K-9 team from the Connecticut State Police arrived and picked up the track, which headed behind a business on Woodside Avenue.

While the track was going on, officers checked Maggie McFly’s Restaurant and found the driver of the Camry standing in the bar area, Wildman stated. The Connecticut State Police K-9 track led to Maggie McFly’s after picking up the scent, according to the release.

The Camry was driven by David Winckler, 52, with a last known address of Porter Avenue in Naugatuck, Wildman stated.

The Charges

Winckler was charged with:

Winckler was held on $25,000 bond at the time of the press release.

The accident scene included evidence gathering, mapping and photography and was handled by the Central Naugatuck Valley Accident Investigation Team. Traffic, lighting, and scene safety was handled by the Middlebury Fire Department, who stayed on scene to the entire accident was processed. 

Officer Todd Adams is the lead investigator of this accident and he was assisted by Officer Al Cronin and Officer Demers of the Middlebury Police Department.

Elena Bowen October 06, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Nice job to the officers & K-9. I hope he is ok.


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