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Rochester man pleads not guilty in deadly hit-and-run

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Timothy Pratt Timothy Pratt
George Goding George Goding
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Timothy Pratt pleaded not guilty in court in White River Junction Friday, while friends and family of the man he allegedly killed looked on.

The Rochester man is facing the felony charge of leaving the scene of a fatal crash, after police say he was driving in Rochester last month and didn't stop after hitting 86-year-old George Goding. His defense painted him as a friendly man, who they say even knows the man he allegedly killed.

"Mr. Pratt knows practically everyone who lives in Rochester, including the deceased, Mr. Goding, who he knew fairly well," said Daniel Sedon, Pratt's lawyer.

Police were led to Pratt after Goding, shortly before he died, was able to describe the white pickup truck that hit him. The hit-and-run happened around 9 a.m. Jan. 15 as Goding was walking on Route 100. Three hours into the investigation, police located Pratt's 2005 white GMC truck at the Park House, just down the road from the scene. Police say he was cooperative.

Pratt's defense argued for him to be released, citing his family and ties to the community.

"Nonetheless, being charged with a felony, an element of which involves the death of another person, does create some risk of flight and non-appearance, which is why we are recommending the unsecured bond," Windsor County Deputy Prosecutor David Cahill said.

The court says they took all matters into consideration and released Pratt.

"Balancing all those factors, the court believes that conditions of release are appropriate in this case and that there's not a need for a bond," Windsor Superior Court Judge Karen Carroll said.

Pratt must appear in court when he is supposed to and must let the court know if he changes his address. He must also submit a DNA sample. Other than that, he is a free man pending trial.

The state attorney's office tells us Pratt's conditions are fairly standard for someone facing this charge. He is due back in court March 24.

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