New Canaan Public Works Employee Hit By Vehicle Dies In Hospital

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A 71-year-old New Canaan Public Works employee died Thursday in the hospital after he was struck by a vehicle Wednesday morning while working.
A 71-year-old New Canaan Public Works employee died Thursday in the hospital after he was struck by a vehicle Wednesday morning while working. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern

NEW CANAAN, Conn. -- A 71-year-old New Canaan Public Works Department employee died in the hospital Thursday after he was struck by a vehicle late Wednesday morning while working, police said.

“Ben was truly a friend to all,” First Selectman Rob Mallozzi said in an email Friday morning to town employees. “This is a tremendous loss and my deepest sympathy is extended to the entire Olmstead family as well as our Town Hall family who worked with, and loved, Ben so very much.”

Benjamin Olmstead of Norwalk was marking the roadway at the intersection of New Norwalk Road and East Avenue with spray paint when he was struck by a vehicle driven by Francesco Sorge, 60, of Norwalk, police said. 

Sorge was northbound on New Norwalk Road and was making a left turn onto East Avenue at about 11:20 a.m. when the accident occurred, police said.

Sorge immediately stopped and remained at the scene. Olmstead was taken to Norwalk Hospital by New Canaan Volunteer Ambulance Corps, where he was reported in serious condition later Wednesday, police said. He reportedly suffered serious head injuries. 

The Accident Reconstruction Team consisting of New Canaan and Wilton Police Officers is investigating the accident.

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