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Police looking for damaged van

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WORCESTER, Mass. — An elderly man was struck and killed early Saturday morning in Worcester by a van that fled the scene, police say.

Worcester police say they responded at 2:48 a.m. to a McDonald’s at 995 Main St, where the 83-year-old Worcester resident was lying on the northbound curb. He was taken to a local hospital where he died of his injuries.

The victim was crossing Main Street from the direction of Marble Street when he was hit by a van that fled the scene without stopping, according to police. Authorities say the vehicle is described as a Dodge Caravan or Chrysler Town & Country, possible a 2002 to 2007 model. The van was a dark color and may have damage to the front hood and windshield, police say.

Anyone with information is asked to call Worcester police at 508-799-8651.

Ricky Prezioso held on $5,000 bail

BOSTON — A 41-year old Swampscott man has been charged in connection with a hit-and-run crash that killed a bicyclist in Charlestown.

The incident happened in Sullivan Square near Cambridge and Spice streets at 1:40 p.m. Thursday.

Ricky Prezioso was charged with leaving the scene of an accident causing death, according to Suffolk County District Attorney Jake Wark.

Prezioso was held on $5,000 bail. He will return to court on May 19.

The man who was killed has not been identified.

Police said Thursday night that they had located a truck that had been described as a sanitation truck with black lettering and a “person of interest” was being interviewed.

“We ran up to the top of the street to see if there were any signs of the gentleman moving,” one witness said.

“There are a lot of bikes — every day — and the trucks and the cars that come by here, they don’t stop at the stop sign,” a local business owner said.

Boston police find car after hit-and-run crash

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BOSTON —A man in his 50s or 60s was struck by a hit-and-run vehicle on Massachusetts Avenue in Boston Wednesday morning, Boston police said.

Police had issued a bulletin for a 1999 Mercury Grand Marquis, which they said was located in Quincy several hours after the crash.

Massachusetts Avenue between Columbus Avenue and St. Botolph Street was closed as police investigated the incident.

The victim was said to be undergoing surgery at Boston Medical Center.

Woman, 23, suffers broken bones, brain swelling

WORCESTER, Mass. —A Worcester woman is recovering from serious injuries after a hit-and-run near her home.

Amanda O’Malley, 23, was walking on Belmont Street Friday night when she was struck. The driver left the scene.

O’Malley’s family said the Assumption College student will likely be in the hospital for weeks with multiple broken bones and swelling on her brain.

Man struck from behind while walking on road 

UXBRIDGE, Mass. —State and local police are investigating a fatal hit-and-run in Uxbridge.

Authorities said Robert M. Orcutt, 53, was walking along the side of a road at about 7:45 p.m. Sunday when he was struck by a tractor trailer from behind. He died at the scene.

The driver of the truck was identified as James J. Dean, 44, of Blackstone, police said.

Orcutt lived in a nearby group home for mentally challenged individuals and had gone out for a walk around 6 p.m.

Dean, who drives for Gorham Transport, was headed from Millville to Gorham, Maine. He reached Gorham, but then came forward after hearing reports about the crash. He returned to Uxbridge early Monday, police said.

Dean told police that he thought he might have hit something and stopped to check. He said he didn’t see the victim, so he continued on his way, police said.

Victim suffers head injury

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WORCESTER, Mass. —A pedestrian suffered a head injury in Worcester after he was the victim of a hit-and-run incident on New Year’s Eve, Worcester police said.

Police responded at about 7 p.m. Tuesday to a report of a pedestrian struck near 123 Summer St. A witness said the man was hit by a small white foreign vehicle traveling south on Summer Street, according to police.

The witness told police that the victim was forced onto the hood of the vehicle when he was hit. After he fell off, the car continued to drive southbound on Summer Street.

The victim is in good condition at a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries, police said.


2 teens injured when struck by SUV

MANCHESTER, N.H. —An indictment was handed down Tuesday charging a former Manchester police sergeant with two felonies after an accident.

Stephen Coco faces two counts, one for each teenager he’s accused of striking with an SUV in Bedford in March.

The teens suffered serious injuries, and prosecutors said Coco left the scene.

Prosecutors said Coco was drinking wine in the hours before the crash. They said he was looking at a message on his cellphone and didn’t realize he hit the teens.

In November, a judge rejected a plea deal that would have resulted in misdemeanor charges.

Under the new indictment, Coco faces up to seven years in prison for each count.

Police investigating state Rep. David Campbell

NASHUA, N.H. —Police are investigating a New Hampshire lawmaker who, according to a witness, drove his BMW into a flock of ducks and killed at least one of them.

The Nashua Telegraph reports that a retired U.S. Marine officer called police on Monday when he saw Democratic state Rep. David Campbell plow into several ducks outside the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Nashua and drive away before police arrived.

“I hit some ducks,” Campbell told The Telegraph. “Some people were feeding ducks on the driveway in front of the Crowne Plaza at 10 o’clock at night, and they didn’t move and I hit some ducks.”

The witness, Florida resident James Murphy, said he was feeding the ducks crackers outside the hotel when he saw the car approach, according to The Telegraph.

“All of a sudden, this 5 Series BMW comes up, it’s going about 15 miles an hour and then when he gets to the ducks, it’s not like it even slowed down,” Murphy told The Telegraph, adding that he believes about six ducks were killed. “It just crushed all of the ducks.”

The Telegraph reported that Murphy followed the BMW and talked to Campbell, who Murphy said seemed indifferent to the scene of dead ducks.

Police are investigating the incident but did not release further details, according to The Telegraph.

The Telegraph also noted that under New Hampshire law drivers aren’t required to report striking wild animals.

Braintree home was unoccupied on Christmas Eve

BRAINTREE —Police are investigating a Christmas Eve hit-and-run incident after they say a woman driving a dark-colored car crashed through the sliding glass door and into the living room of an unoccupied Braintree Village apartment before fleeing the scene.

News partner The Patriot Ledger reports that Braintree police responded to a McCusker Drive apartment shortly before 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve after a neighbor reportedly heard the crash and called police.

Police said the witness, who lives above the damaged apartment, said she saw a dark-colored vehicle in the living room of the apartment below her after it crashed through the sliding glass door.

The witness said the driver was a blond-haired woman.

The witness told police that the vehicle backed out of the living room, and then drove into the living room a second time before backing out and driving off in the direction of Union Street.

There was extensive damage to the interior of the apartment, which police said was unoccupied at the time of the crash.

Police said an area search for the vehicle was unsuccessful, but the witness provided police with the registration number of the vehicle. Police said the investigation is ongoing.


Victim identified as former Amherst fire chief

AMHERST, N.H. —A Mont Vernon man was texting while driving when he struck and killed the former Amherst fire chief, authorities said Tuesday.

Hillsborough County Attorney Patricia LaFrance said Travis Hobbs, 20, was charged with negligent homicide in connection with the crash that killed John Bachman, 71, on Monday. Hobbs told police he was texting and thought he hit only a snowbank. He came forward after seeing media reports about the crash.

Bachman, who was also a local businessman, was getting his mail when he was struck. He was found injured in a snow bank and later died at the hospital.

Hobbs was arrested Tuesday and released after posting $50,000 bail plus $1,000 cash. As part of his release, he is not allowed to drive. It could not immediately be learned if he had a lawyer. A phone number for Hobbs could not be found.

Amherst Fire Chief Mark Boynton said he had met Bachman a few times since he took over in 2010 as chief of the 50-member department. He had lunch with Bachman a month ago.

“He was a great guy,” Boynton said. “I can tell you he was a respected chief here.”

Boynton said the family has asked the department to provide a color guard for Bachman’s funeral.

The Nashua Telegraph reported that Bachman and his daughter, Pam McKinney, owned and operated AnaTek Corporation, which sold electronic repair equipment and provided other resources for repair technicians.


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