Ceremony at Hartford Hospital Honors Organ Donor, Family

NBC CONNECTICUT | Kristen Johnson

In the midst of incredible sorrow over the loss of her son, a New Hartford mother recently made the difficult decision to donate his organs.

Monday, she and her family were honored by Hartford Hospital for that donation and for the first time she shared how she came to that decision with NBC Connecticut.

Zachary Dube was just 23-years old when he was killed in a hit-and-run crash in May. Authorities say he was struck by a pickup truck on Rt. 44 in Barkhamsted as he was riding his dirt bike.

“The person who hit him had left him there. They left him there," said Zak's mother, Beth Mehmel-Dube.

State Police say they've found the vehicle involved, but not the driver. They say the case is still under investigation. Continue reading

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