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Claremont mayor won’t be charged after pedestrian struck

CLAREMONT - Mayor James Nielsen, the operator of a 2011 Ford 150 pickup truck that hit a pedestrian Sunday night on Main Street, will not be charged in connection with the crash, according to police Sgt. Stan Andrewski.

Investigators, he said, ruled out speed and alcohol as factors on Nielsen&#';s part. Andrewski would not comment on whether or not the pedestrian, Jeffrey Batease, 32, of Claremont, had been drinking.

Nielsen, 58, was driving south on Main Street when he hit Batease, police said.

The crash happened just before 7 p.m. on Main Street, west of the Main Street Mobil station and east of the Coca-Cola plant.

Batease suffered serious injuries and was taken by ambulance to Valley Regional Hospital and then transported by DHART helicopter to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. He is expected to recover.


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