LYNDONVILLE, Vt. On Sunday, Vermont State Police were writing reports on the hit and run that killed 46-year-old Mattie Hale. They couldn't talk on camera, but said more information would be released in the affidavit on Monday.
But we do have new information regarding the timeline of the fatal hit-and-run. According to Vermont State Police, Mattie Hale was walking on the side of Rt. 5 Friday evening, headed towards West Burke.
The next morning, a little before 8am, her body was located on the side of the road. Police say Hale died from multiple injuries, consistent with being struck by a vehicle. But, police say there was not a car at the crash site.
Debris was found at the scene, which led investigators to believe a silver Ford Fiesta was involved in the crash.
After searching the area, police located the car with heavy front end damage at a nearby apartment complex. Police say 41-year-old Gary Hale was driving the car at the time of the crash.
At this time, police say that despite having the same last name, there is no direct relationship between the driver and the victim. Police also say the collision appears to be an accident. They are continuing to investigate whether alcohol played a factor.
Hale is currently charged with leaving the scene of an accident with death resulting.
According to police, 47-year-old Katrina Haslam, was a passenger in the car. She is charged was charged with accessory after the fact. They both live in Lyndonville.
Gary Hale and Katrina Haslam will be appearing in Caledonia Superior Court at 12:30 on Monday.