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VSP apologize to grieving mother after hit-and-run incident

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A grieving mother frustrated by the investigation into the hit-and-run that police say killed her son gets an apology from the head of the Vermont State Police.

Nothing can bring back Stacey McIntyre's son Kyle Wilson, who died last year. Her son was the alleged victim of a driver who reportedly left the scene of the accident, but Tuesday she got some reassurance that officials are doing everything they can to bring the man police say killed him to justice.

McIntyre fights back tears as she shares photos and mementos of her son at her North Sutton, New Hampshire, home.

"I can't even tell you, every day, is tough. Every day," said McIntyre.

The 26-year-old Wilson was walking home from a concert along the Killington access road last December when police say he was struck by a car driven by 27-year-old Michael DeBellis.

"He wasn't there in the morning," said McIntyre.

DeBellis called police 12 hours later leading to a charge of leaving the scene of a fatal accident, which he denied in Rutland Criminal Court. DeBellis' attorney acknowledged he had been drinking at the nearby Pickle Barrel, but said it was not enough to impact his driving.

That was back in December. Frustrated at not having heard any update in almost 5 months, after she says she contacted officials numerous times, McIntyre pleaded with Governor Peter Shumlin's office in a letter which received more than 1,000 shares on Facebook. She did get a response but one that puzzled her.

Hundreds received a letter stating that Debellis had been "convicted." That information was inaccurate. Debellis' case has not yet gone to trial. The mistake led the head of the Vermont State Police, Colonel Tom L'Esperance, to make an apology and personal visit to McIntyre.

"In fairness to the governor’s office, this was on the state police. We failed to communicate with the family and there was an email that went out that was misrepresented some facts," said L'Esperance

McIntyre says she feels she is now getting answers.

"I feel like we have information, a lot more information than before. Things are cleared up, we understand things," said McIntyre.

L'Esperance explained that the process is taking time but is a priority.

"The investigation is still ongoing, the Rutland state's attorney, the attorney general is sharing and looking at this case, so we'll bring this person to justice," said L'Esperance.

Although nothing can bring back her son, McIntyre now has a more confident outlook that officials are doing everything they can to prosecute DeBellis.

"Justice is to bring this person to the full extent of the law," said McIntyre.

Kyle Wilson's Facebook page is still active and McIntyre tells us that's one of the ways she and his friends still share memories and photos of him. One thing she shared Tuesday was a letter thanking all who wrote in to the governor's office and said that she still has a broken heart, but after her meeting with L'Esperance, her heart has hope.

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