0123 Claremont car-pedestrian accident

Claremont Safety Services respond to Pleasant Street in the area of Rite Aid for a report of a motor vehicle accident involving a pedestrian Monday afternoon. On Wednesday, police identified the driver as a 17-year-old girl from Claremont.

CLAREMONT — The Claremont Police Department released additional information about a car-pedestrian accident that seriously injured an Ascutney resident in the Rite Aid parking lot off of Pleasant Street on Monday afternoon.

Claremont Safety Services responded to a call at 1:40 p.m. on Monday for a report of a motor vehicle accident involving a pedestrian. According to an updated press release issued by Claremont Police Deputy Chief Brent W. Wilmot on Wednesday, Irene Gray, 91, of Ascutney, Vermont, was being pushed in a wheelchair by a family friend when she was struck by an SUV operated by a 17-year-old girl from Claremont. The police released the name of the driver; however, her name is not included in this piece as she is a minor.

Gray suffered undisclosed serious but non-life-threatening injuries and was subsequently transported to Valley Regional Hospital for treatment, according to the original press release issued by the Claremont Police Department on Tuesday. Gray is currently at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center’s Intensive Care Unit in Hanover with a fractured arm and hip, according to family.

The 17-year-old driver of the vehicle was soon located in a nearby parking lot, according to the original press release.

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. Since Monday, detectives have continued to interview witnesses, collect evidence and speak with parties who were involved.

Anyone with further information is encouraged to contact Detective Colby Casey at (603) 542-7010.

The family is still asking for your prayers and best wishes at this time.

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