Whately hit-and-run victim expected to recover; incident remains under investigation

  • The man who was struck by an SUV on Routes 5 and 10 in Whately just south of Christian Lane on Monday afternoon is wheeled to the waiting ambulance. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

Staff Writer
Published: 9/15/2021 8:59:03 PM

WHATELY — An investigation is ongoing as officers continue to search for the driver of a gray SUV who fled after hitting a pedestrian on Routes 5 and 10 on Monday afternoon.

Members of the Whately Police and Fire departments, along with the South Deerfield Fire District, responded near the state route’s intersection with Christian Lane at around 1:30 p.m. The pedestrian, a man estimated to be in his 30s by Whately Police Chief James Sevigne Jr., was walking his dog when he was struck by the SUV and thrown over the guardrail on the south side of the intersection, falling to the ground roughly 6 feet below.

South County EMS Chief Zachary Smith said his agency was one of the first to arrive on scene. Paramedics conducted patient assessment, stabilization and treatment. First responders were able to place the pedestrian, who was conscious and alert upon arrival, in a basket and lift him over the guard rail and into the ambulance.

In an email Tuesday evening, Police Chief Sevigne said the pedestrian had been treated and was expected to be released Wednesday or Thursday.

Sevigne said the investigation is still underway as the department reviews “video surveillance from numerous sources” and pieces together “a timeline to get the complete picture,” but he could not provide more information at this time.

“Things are coming together,” Sevigne wrote.

On Monday, Sevigne had said the best description for the vehicle was a dark gray SUV that was heading south on Routes 5 and 10 immediately after the incident.

Initial calls to dispatchers suggested the hit and run may have been deliberate. Sevigne spoke with two witnesses who did not see an “altercation” before the accident, but said the SUV was stopped before moving and hitting the pedestrian.

Sevigne said it is possible the pedestrian was getting in or out of the vehicle, or that the SUV’s driver had stopped and was talking to the pedestrian.

The extent of their interaction before the incident, and whether the pedestrian knows the driver, remained unclear.

While the accident remains under investigation, those with pertinent information are encouraged to call the Whately Police Department at 413-665-0430 or Shelburne Control Dispatch Center at 413-625-8200.

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