Home » News » Public Safety
Rochester police seek driver who left the Commons after a vehicle caught fire following an accident Thursday evening.
ROCHESTER — Police are looking for a driver of a car with Maine plates who left the Commons after a vehicle caught fire following an accident Thursday evening.
Police, firefighters and paramedics responded around 7:22 p.m. after a 2005 Dodge Caravan, operated by Dana Smith, 63, of Rochester, left the road as it was traveling southbound along South Main Street. It drove onto the sidewalk and through a wooden fence bordering the walking path at the Commons before coming to a stop, according to police.
Smith and his unidentified passenger were both able to get out of the Caravan, which became entangled by several wooden posts and caught fire. Firefighters extinguished the fire, which caused an unknown amount of damage, according to police.
South Main Street was closed until the Caravan was towed from the scene.
Paramedics from Frisbie Memorial Hospital examined Smith and his passenger, who refused treatment, but they did transport a 10-year-old girl to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries after she was struck by flying debris while walking in the Commons, according to police.
During the investigation, police determined another vehicle — a small car, possibly a Ford with different colored body panels and Maine registration — was involved in the collision. The driver of the second vehicle did not stop after the accident or wait for police.
As a result, officers are looking to identify the driver for questioning as part of the ongoing investigation, according to police.
Anyone with information about this accident is asked to contact Officer Andrew Jackson at the Rochester Police Department (603) 330-7128, to leave an anonymous tip on the Rochester Crimeline at (603) 335-6500 or submit an online report via the Crimeline link at http://rochesterpd.org/.
READER COMMENTS: 2
- 'Unprepared' Canadian hikers rescued from Mt. Washington - 1
- Vemont pair killed, Sunapee man hurt in crash on I-89 in Lebanon - 0
- Hampton woman, 75, hit by truck in Newington in serious condition - 0
- Police: Handling issues of mentally ill just part of the job - 0
- Word of Abby's letter spurs tips of no use - 5
- Officials: Missing teen sent letter weeks after last sighting - 0
- UPDATE: 2 dead in I-89 crash in Lebanon, highway northbound restricted to one lane as of 8:20 p.m. - 0
- Manchester needs more police department argues in staffing report - 13
- Reams threatens to sue county commissioners - 11
READER COMMENTS: 23
- Winter storm pushes up East Coast after weekend blast - 0
- Police looking for information about blood on Pelham road - 0
- UNH drops Saturday night game to BC, 2-1 - 0
- Patriots stun Cleveland in another wild comeback - 1
- Napoli returns to Boston with two-year deal - 0
- Celtics come up big against Nuggets - 0
- Johnson honored for sixth NASCAR title - 0
- Kilpatrick leads UNH women past Dartmouth - 0
- UNH, Dartmouth football players named All-New England - 0
UNH unveils new 'shield' logo
Word of Abby's letter spurs tips of no use
UPDATE: 2 dead in I-89 crash in Lebanon, highway northbound restricted to one lane as of 8:20 p.m.
UNH unveils new 'shield' logo
Reams threatens to sue county commissioners
Dover police arrest 3 on drug charges
UNH lecturers seek to unionize
- Would you support spending local tax dollars to buy your police department a $250K armored vehicle?
- Total Votes: 1072