Cyclist, pedestrian injured in hit-and-runs; police seek suspect in weekend crash

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BRATTLEBORO — Two bicyclists and a pedestrian were struck by vehicles in the span of four hours Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Vermont State Police continue searching for a driver involved in a reported hit-and-run on Route 5 in Dummerston Saturday.

According to information from the Brattleboro Police Department, in two of the incidents, the drivers of the vehicles fled the scene.

At 8:25 a.m., members of the Brattleboro Police Department, Rescue Inc. and the Brattleboro Fire Department responded to the intersection of Main and Walnut streets for a report of a 29-year-old female bicyclist struck by a motor vehicle. The driver was identified as Sean P. Pierce, of Massachusetts, who was driving a 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe.

The woman, who was traveling north on Putney Road, was struck by Pierce's vehicle as he crossed Main Street toward Walnut Street. The woman was transported to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital for treatment of serious but non-life-threatening injuries. No charges have been filed at this time. The investigation is ongoing.

At 11:20 a.m., Brattleboro police responded to Putney Road where officers met with a 40-year-old South Carolina bicyclist who told police he was traveling north on Putney Road when he was struck by a black 2017 Cadillac XTS from New Hampshire.

The bicyclist sustained minor injuries but did not require medical attention. The driver of the Cadillac fled the scene, police said.

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At 1:15 p.m., police responded to a home on Williston Street, where they took a report that a 57-year-old woman had been struck by a white Mercedes sedan with unknown registration around 12:10 p.m. near the Post Office on Main Street. The woman was transported to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The driver of that vehicle also fled the scene.

Anyone who might have information on the two hit-and-runs is urged to contact Officer Colby Kerylow at the Brattleboro Police Department at 802-257-7950.

On Saturday, police said a pedestrian was struck on Route 5 in Dummerston, just south of Interstate 91, Exit 4 southbound, by a Mercedes Benz GLA. There is no indication that the vehicle is the same one that struck the pedestrian Tuesday on Main Street in Brattleboro.

State police are searching for a driver described as a man of Asian descent, in his 30s, heavyset, about 5 feet 11 inches to 6 feet tall and wearing glasses. The Mercedes, which was said to have either New York or Pennsylvania license plates, sustained damage to the windshield and the side mirror. Police said the driver stopped, told the pedestrian that he did not hit him and said he would return with help, but never did. He was seen a few minutes later pulling into the Sunoco gas station near the I-91 southbound on-ramp.

The pedestrian 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.

Anyone who might have information regarding this crash is asked to contact state police Cpl. Brian Turner at 802-722-4600.

Bob Audette can be contacted at 802-254-2311, ext. 151.


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