"He was well-liked. I don't think he had an enemy in the world. Yes, he was very well-liked, just a good guy," said Gordon Mills of Rochester.
Mills says his friend George Goding will be greatly missed in Rochester. Police say the 86-year-old, longtime resident was killed in a hit-and-run Wednesday morning. Officials say just after 9 a.m., Goding was crossing Route 100 when a vehicle struck him and took off. Police say Goding was initially conscious and was able to communicate briefly with police.
"He did indicate that he was hit by a white vehicle and that it was headed northbound. We have some other indications that maybe a white pickup truck in the area was also headed northbound. So we continue to try and follow up on that," Vt. State Police Lt. William Jenkins said.
Goding was transported by a DHART helicopter to the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. He leaves behind a wife, several children and grandchildren. A tragedy that police say they are taking very seriously.
"It is extremely high priority. As a matter of fact, it's pretty much all other than calls we've had to respond to today. It's all the troopers have been working on today, and we will continue to work on. We continue to ask the public to help us with anything they've seen," Jenkins said.
As police follow several leads, those who knew Goding and loved him say they will miss him dearly and remember what a wonderful man he was and all that he loved.
"He loved to put puzzles together, jigsaw puzzles, and he was good at it, my goodness," Mills said.
Channel 3 spoke with Godding's wife Thursday evening and she says her husband was a talented draftsman and former marathon runner who loved keeping busy.
Police say they are actively pursuing several leads and ask the public to call the Vermont State Police in Royalton if they have any information.
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