Charges pending

Driver flees after early morning crash

By Dwight Collins | May 22, 2014
Photo by: Dwight Collins A late-model Chevrolet Malibu received quite a bit of damage after an early morning crash on Route 17 in Rockport May 22.

Rockport — An early morning crash May 22 could lead to charges for a man from Montville.

According to Rockport Police Officer Jake Grinnell, a call came into Knox County Regional Communications Center approximately 4:35 a.m. reporting a car was involved in a crash and was off the road. The caller also stated they witnessed the driver exit the vehicle, get into another car and drive away from the scene of the crash.

Grinnell attempted to contact the caller but only reached voicemail.

“With the information we have now, it looks like he might have been on his way to work and lost control of the vehicle and left the roadway,” Grinnell said at the scene. “We have located the driver at his work[place] and Rockland Police Department has picked him up and will bring him to me for questioning.”

The late-model Chevrolet Malibu registered to Peter A. Fuller Jr. of Montville was traveling east on Route 17 near Mirror Lake when it left the road and traveled approximately 125 feet — in the air — coming to rest on its wheels in the ditch next to the westbound lane.

Rockport Fire Department along with North East Mobile Health Services responded to the crash and the westbound lane of Route 17 was closed for about 25 minutes while emergency crews cleared the scene of debris.

There were no injuries reported and charges are pending, based on the outcome of the investigation, police said.

Rockport Police look for evidence at the scene of a crash on Route 17 in Rockport, where the driver subsequently was charged with fleeing the scene, according to police. (Photo by: Dwight Collins)
A small birch tree was in the path of the late-model Chevrolet Malibu that went airborne and traveled approximately 125-feet before coming to rest in the ditch. (Photo by: Dwight Collins)
Rockport Police Officer Jake Grinnell takes pictures at the scene of a crash on Route 17 in Rockport, from which the driver fled the scene May 22. (Photo by: Dwight Collins)
Comments (2)
Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. |

The guy went off the road. He was on his way to Fisher's where he works. He hitched a ride to work as he was afraid he would lose his job. Buy yourself a police scanner and you'll know what goes on saving you from going nuts.

Posted by: Catherine L Leonard |

Nice reporting! We know no one was hurt in the crash! We even know who the car belongs to!! It drives me nuts when an accident is written about but no details and it says will be updated and nothing ever is. Mr. Collins your articles never leave me hanging!!

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