CLAREMONT — An Ascutney woman was seriously injured Monday afternoon when she was hit by an SUV while in the Rite Aid parking lot off of Pleasant Street.
Claremont Safety Services responded to a call at 1:40 p.m. Monday for a report of a motor vehicle accident involving a pedestrian. The Claremont Police Department and family said the woman, Irene Gray, 91, of Ascutney, Vermont, was crossing the Rite Aid parking lot in a wheelchair pushed by her son when she was struck by a black SUV operated by a minor.
Gray suffered undisclosed serious but non-life-threatening injuries and was subsequently transported to Valley Regional Hospital for treatment, according to a press release issued by the Claremont Police Department on Tuesday. According to her oldest daughter, Theresa Platt, Gray is currently at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center’s Intensive Care Unit in Hanover with a broken arm and back and potentially broken hip.
The driver of the vehicle was soon located in a nearby parking lot, which challenged initial reports by the Claremont Police Department that said the driver had left the scene without stopping to render aid or provide the statutorily required information.
The circumstances surrounding the crash remain under investigation, but it is believed that neither speed nor impairment were factors. With the driver’s permission, Claremont Police Detectives are conducting a forensic examination of her mobile electronic device to determine whether or not it contributed to her inattention from the roadway, according to the press release.
If anyone has information regarding this incident, please contact Officer Denis O’Sullivan at (603) 542-9538.
Platt is asking for prayers and best wishes for her mother at this time.