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Elderly Man Hit by Car in Westport Dies

Stamford resident Ira Leonard Eisner, who was hit by a car Dec. 11 as he crossed the Post Road in Westport near Restoration Hardware, died Sunday at Norwalk Hospital from his injuries, police said Monday. It was the second pedestrian death in a week and the third in two years.

According to police, Eisner, 93, was struck by a car shortly after 5:30 p.m. as he crossed the Post Road from the south side to the north side downtown. The cause and manner of death had not been determined by the state medical examiner, Deputy Chief Dale Call said in a statement.

Witnesses told police that Eisner was wearing dark clothing and was not using the crosswalk, which has a pedestrian-activated traffic signal, when he was hit.

Westport resident Sharon Broecking was struck and killed by a car as she crossed Post Road East at Westfair Drive on Dec. 21.

Broecking, 62, was in the crosswalk when she was struck. Broecking's death came nearly two years to the day after Westport resident William C. Ford was struck and killed crossing Post Road East.

Witnesses also told police Eisner was halfway across the road when he stumbled backward into eastbound traffic when he was hit. The car that struck him did not appear to be traveling fast, witnesses added.

No charges had been filed against the driver at this time. Police were still investigating the accident.

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