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Driver denies wrong-doing in Killington hit and run

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Michael DeBellis Michael DeBellis
Kyle Wilson Kyle Wilson
KILLINGTON, Vt. -

Michael DeBellis, 27, walked into a Rutland courthouse Monday shackle-free, and left the building out on bond.
     
A little more than a day earlier police say DeBellis, while driving his girlfriend's car along the Killington access road, fatally struck 26-year-old Kyle Wilson of Enfield, New Hampshire. The crash occurred shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday morning.  DeBellis called police 12 hours later.
"There's not a lot of dispute about really what happened here," DeBellis' lawyer Mark Furlan told the court.

After pleading not guilty to leaving the scene of a fatal accident, Furlan told the judge his client didn't see the victim in the middle of the road. He said DeBellis had been drinking at the nearby Pickle Barrel, but not enough to impact his driving. "There's no evidence that he was under the influence at all," Furlan said.

Rutland County Prosecutor Jane O'Neill says the investigation is on-going and disputed the defense's claim that it's been determined whether Wilson walked in or along the road. "I don't know where Mr. Furlan is getting the information that the decedent was in the middle of the road. I don't see that in any of the reports that I've received," she said.

When asked after court, neither the defense nor prosecution would offer any further details of where exactly they believe Wilson was when he was struck. Court documents reveal DeBellis allegedly told officers he thought he hit an animal or traffic cone. He added his girlfriend did express fear they hit a person, though they did not stop. The scene shows no sign of what happened, but blood and tissue found on the car will be tested to see if it's a match with the victim.

Friends Wilson told police he was walking to the residence that night. They found him while searching the area of the crash just before noon on Sunday.

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