State police said no charges have been filed against the driver who crashed into Officer Todd Lentocha's police car. The incident is being investigated.
His wife, Alison, issued a statement Thursday afternoon: "We would like to express our gratitude for all the love and support we have received from all of you. We ask that you continue the good thoughts and prayers for our family, as it continues to give us strength through this time."
Lentocha, 41, was inside a marked police car that was stopped on the eastbound shoulder near exit 5C when he was struck by a Dodge shortly after midnight, state police said.
The collision propelled the police car across the road into the left lane, where it came to a stop, state police said. Lentocha was treated at the scene and then taken to the hospital.
The man driving the Dodge, Robert Lucky of New Haven, was not injured.
Lentocha, a five-year veteran of the department, was investigating criminal activity in the area with other officers before the crash, said East Hartford Police spokesman Lt. Curt Stoldt.
The crash is unrelated to work the officers were doing, he said.
State Police Troop H is investigating the crash with help from the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Squad. Witnesses to the crash are asked to call Trooper First Class S. Menard at 860-534-1000.