Hit and run under investigation

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BRATTLEBORO — State Police are looking for a man who hit a pedestrian with a vehicle then said he would return with help but never did.

At about 11 a.m. Saturday, the Vermont State Police responded to a vehicle crash involving a pedestrian Route 5 in Dummerston, just south of the Interstate 91 Exit 4 southbound on-ramp. Police said upon arrival, it was determined that Jeffrey Dorsey, 53, of Putney had been walking north in the breakdown lane of Route 5 when he was struck by a vehicle. The vehicle had also been traveling northbound, according to a press release.

Police said upon impact, Dorsey was thrown over the guardrail but was able to climb back to the edge of the roadway despite being seriously injured. He told police that a white vehicle had stopped and a male of Asian descent exited the vehicle.

Police said the driver acknowledged Dorsey, stated that he did not hit him with the car and said that he was going to get help. He never returned to the scene but was seen a few minutes later pulling into the Sunoco gas station near the I-91 southbound on-ramp, according to the press release.

Witnesses told police that the windshield on the vehicle and the side mirror was also damaged. The operator was seen exiting the vehicle, examining the damage and then leaving the area, traveling north on Route 5, according to the press release.

Police said several passersby stopped to help Dorsey until rescue personnel arrived on scene. Dorsey was taken to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, where he was treated for possible broken bones to the leg and arm, a potential back injury and scrapes.

The vehicle involved is believed to be a white Mercedes SUV-style vehicle with damage to the windshield and right mirror. The registration is believed to be from New York or possibly Pennsylvania. The operator was described as being a male of Asian descent, in his 30s, heavyset, about 5 feet 11 inches to 6 feet tall, wearing glasses and having no facial hair. Police are reviewing video footage obtained from the gas station and following up with several leads.

If anyone has any information regarding this crash, they are asked to contact Cpl. Brian Turner at the State Police Westminster Barracks at 802-722-4600.

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