Bobby Garten Car Accident: Police officer killed, another injured Car Crash

Bobby Garten Car Accident
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Hartford police veteran Bobby Garten, 34, is killed in line of duty after teen ‘breaks 2 red lights and rams patrol car’.

A POLICE officer has died, and another was injured after their cruiser was struck by a teen driver speeding away from a traffic stop.

The driver of the Honda Accord, 18-year-old Richard Barrington, was arrested.

Bobby was just 34 years old. He was an eight-year veteran of the Hartford Police Department. Blue was in his blood. His father was a retired Hartford Police Detective.

Bobby Garten Car Accident

Garten was in the passenger’s seat and Kearney was driving the cruiser with its emergency lights and siren on as they responded to an unrelated call at about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday. Another car that had fled a traffic stop by other officers smashed into the passenger’s side of the cruiser just west of downtown Hartford.

According to police, Officer Robert “Bobby” Garten, 34, died from his injuries. Officer Brian Kearney was seriously injured and taken to the hospital.

The driver of the car, 18-year-old Richard Barrington, was treated at the hospital for injuries before being arrested, police said.

He was charged with failure to obey a traffic control signal, failure to renew registration, misuse of plates, and interfering with police.

Barrington is a student in 11th grade with no criminal cases on file.

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