Police still investigating Depot Street rollover

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MANCHESTER — Police are still searching for a refrigerated box truck involved in what they are calling a hit and run accident on Depot Street (Vermont Routes 11 and 30) on Thursday. May 11.

Video taken from a security camera at Aubuchon Hardware and shared by police on their Facebook page shows the car and the truck traveling parallel westbound on Depot Street before the car runs off the road, turns 180 degrees and barrel rolls one and a half times over an embankment, landing on the Vermont Railway tracks as the truck drives away.

Physical evidence from the car indicates there was contact between the two vehicles, Manchester Police Chief Michael Hall said.

Police have been working with area businesses that might have taken a delivery from a refrigerated truck on May 11 to find the truck and its occupant, Hall said.

"We've reached out to number of local businesses and obtained some scheduled delivery times. Basically we're working backwards from there," Hall said. "We've got at least a couple of leads following that are pretty promising."

Police are using that information and comparing it to video footage they have obtained in Manchester in the hopes of finding a truck that matches the description and the timeline.

"We're optimistic we can obtain the ID of the driver and the truck," Hall said.

Hall said he has not been given updates from Southern Vermont Medical Center on the condition of the driver of the car, listed as Samuel Ramsey, 73, or the two occupants. At the time of the accident, Hall said one of the three occupants had been injured seriously.

Another aspect of the incident which has driven discussion on area social media is the appearance of a pickup truck on Taconic Business Park Road at the time of the accident. As the car is barrel-rolling, the truck pulls up to the intersection, then turns right onto Depot Street. Many have said on social media that the driver should have stopped.

Police are still hoping to speak with the driver to get a witness account.

Unless the operator was a doctor or emergency responder with a professional or ethical obligation to assist, there's no law compelling that person to do so, Hall said. It's also possible that the driver of the truck didn't see or hear the accident, he said.

"From my experience, it's amazing how many people aren't cognizant of what's happening when they're driving," Hall said.

That doesn't mean Hall is happy about it.

"If in fact that person did see this and chose to drive off, it's another example of the downhill turn our society's taking when comes to doing the right thing," he said.

Reach Journal editor Greg Sukiennik at 802-490-6000.

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