CHESTERFIELD, N.H. -- A 24-year-old Hinsdale man was struck on Route 9 just before 1 a.m. on March 18.
According to Chesterfield Police Chief Lester Fairbanks, Adam Colon had been out drinking with friends, celebrating another friend's 21st birthday, when he got belligerent during the ride home from a Keene bar and attempted to jump out of the moving vehicle.
Fairbanks said the designated driver pulled the vehicle over near Pond Brook Road where Colon left the vehicle and was told someone would come get him. At about 12:50 a.m., the Chesterfield Police Department received a call that a man in all dark colors was trying to wave down traffic. That was soon followed by a 911 call indicating someone had been struck on Route 9, just west of Pond Brook Road, and appeared to have a leg injury.
The Chesterfield Police Department and Chesterfield Rescue responded to the scene where they found Colon in the company of two passersby who stopped to make sure he was OK and to make sure he didn't get struck again.
"He was screaming quite loudly and it was quite clear to the officer that he was highly inebriated," said Fairbanks.
While the incident has been classified as a hit and run, said Fairbanks, a man and his wife came to his office after they saw a report of the incident on television.
"He thought he had hit a pothole or blew out a tire," said the chief.
While the incident is still under investigation, said Fairbanks, it doesn't appear any criminal charges will be filed, due to the fact Colon was dressed in very dark clothing and might even have been lying in the road when he was hit.
"We've spoken to all the parties, expect the victim, who is at UMass Medical Center," said Fairbanks. "He was lucky he wasn't killed."
Anyone who might have information about the incident is urged to call the Chesterfield Police Department at 802-363-4233.
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