Arrest made in Oct. 12 hit-and-run

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PUTNEY — A Pennsylvania man was identified as the driver of a Mercedes that struck and seriously injured a Putney man walking along Route 5 in Dummerston on Oct. 12.

According to a press release from the Vermont State Police, Jakob Morrissey, 21, was arrested and cited with leaving the scene of an accident. He is scheduled for arraignment in Windham Superior Court, Criminal Division, on Dec. 3. After his arrest, Morrissey, who is a student at Landmark College in Putney, was released to the custody of his mother.

According to the press release, the VSP made the arrest after receiving information from the public, which had been informed of the hit and run via social media.

According to the original press release, Jeffrey Dorsey, 53, was walking north in the breakdown lane of Route 5 just south of the Exit 4 southbound on-ramp of Interstate 91 when he was struck from behind. The impact threw Dorsey over the guardrail, but he was able to climb back to the edge of the roadway despite being seriously injured.

Dorsey told troopers the driver of a white vehicle stopped, told him he was not the man who had struck him and left after telling Dorsey he was going for help. However, the driver did not return. A few minutes later, the driver of the white vehicle was seen pulling into the Sunoco gas station near the southbound on-ramp. Witnesses told troopers that the windshield on the vehicle and the side mirror was damaged. After obtaining surveillance footage, the VSP posted a still to social media, that showed a heavy-set Asian male carrying what appeared to be a side-view mirror while walking in front of a white Mercedes Benz GLA.

Meanwhile, several passersby located Dorsey and stopped to render aid until rescue personnel arrived on scene. Dorsey was transported to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital where he was treated for possible broken bones to the leg and arm along with a possible back injury and scrapes.

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