"When people think of my husband [Bruno], I want him remembered as a wonderful man who wanted to make a lot of friends," Ana Morini said last week to her daughter, Beatriz Guerra, who translated her Spanish to English for the interview.

"He was a very pleasant man," said Mrs. Morini. "We were a close-knit family."

Bruno Morini, 84, died Dec. 21 at Danbury Hospital shortly after 7 p.m., two hours after he had been struck by a pickup truck driven by Patrick Asendorf, of Sherman.

Mr. Morini was crossing Route 7 in front of the Willow Springs condominiums.

New Milford police Capt. Michael Mrazik said the accident did not appear to be Mr. Asendorf's fault and no charges have been filed against him. It remains under investigation.

His family is not sure why Mr. Morini he had been crossing the four-lane Route 7 during rush hour traffic. They think he may have been going to Royal Tobacco & Confection, the small store across the road from Willow Springs, to check Lotto numbers.

Bruno and Ana Morini had been living with Ms. Guerra in New Milford for four years. For three years before that, the trio had lived in Danbury.

He was born in Modena, Italy, in 1925. After he served in the Italian army in World War II, he moved to Venezuela in 1948, where he worked as an accountant.

Mr. Morini met Ms. Guerra's mother in 1977. The marriage was his second. In 2002, he and Ana moved to the United States from Venezuela to live with Ms. Guerra, who arrived here from Venezuela in the 1980s.

"He loved Venezuela, but he adored the United States," Ms. Guerra said. "He was very happy here. He eventually got used to the cold weather in winter."

"He loved making friends," Ms. Guerra reflected. "He was learning English and spoke fluent Italian and Spanish."