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Police hunt for driver in fatal pedestrian hit and run

Published: Mar. 12, 2021 at 6:21 AM EST|Updated: Mar. 12, 2021 at 6:22 AM EST
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MENDON, Vt. (WCAX) - Vermont Police are on the hunt for the driver involved in a deadly hit and run crash in Mendon Thursday night, and local residents are calling for more safety measures on the stretch of Route 4 to prevent any future accidents.

“This section’s not too bad, but up there where the accident happened people are always crossing and they’re just not paying attention much,” says William Prater of Rutland.

Around 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Vermont State Police received a call saying a man was laying on Route 4. Investigators say the man, later identified as Henry Miles, 54, was hit by a car and the driver did not stop.

Troopers say they don’t know of any witnesses. They are looking into any possible security camera footage that might help them identify the car. “Right now we don’t have any solid leads. We are certainly investigating and would ask that anybody that was in the area or has any information, contact us,” said Vermont State Police Acting Lt. Doug Norton.

Police say the Mile was not wearing dark-colored clothing and Lt. Norton was unsure if he had any kind of reflective gear on. “He lives in the area, so it was our understanding he was crossing the street to access the bus stop,” he said.

The bus stop is located near the intersection of Old Turnpike Road and Route 4. “Really not a good spot for a bus stop. Honestly, this spot’s not too bad, but up there I’ve seen a lot of close calls,” Prater said. He suggests a new location for the bus stop to prevent future accidents. “Maybe if they moved the bus down further, closer to that Econo-Lodge that’s been shut down, or something like that on the straightaway, people could see a lot better.”

Many people we spoke with agreed people drive well over the speed limit and some suggest police should have more of a presence. “I would say it’s a little dangerous, especially up around the corners because the tractor-trailers have to go slow and you can get going pretty quick coming down the mountain,” said Regan Bird of Rutland.

Lt. Norton says it is possible the driver may not have known they hit the victim. Police are still looking for any witnesses or information to help determine who the driver is.

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