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Epping woman indicted in deadly Dunkin' Donuts hit-and-run

Union Leader Correspondent

April 19. 2018 8:07AM

BRENTWOOD — An Epping woman has been indicted and charged with a hit-and-run in the parking lot of Dunkin’ Donuts last January that killed a worker.

A Rockingham County grand jury this month indicted Andrea Rich, 55, on one felony count of conduct after an accident.

Rich, who is free on bail, is accused of striking Ilene Sullivan, 55, of Lee, while she was outside on break shortly after 3:30 a.m. on Jan. 31.

Deputy County Attorney Jennifer Haggar has said surveillance video shows Rich driving around the back of the business in a truck and then Rich getting out after hitting Sullivan. Rich allegedly looked at Sullivan on the ground before getting back into her truck and leaving without calling for help.

Sullivan was found by a customer about 10 minutes later. She died nearly a week later after she was taken off life support while in the hospital.

The indictment alleges that Rich “knowingly failed to immediately stop at the scene of an accident” and provide Sullivan with her name and other license information. The complaint also alleges that Rich failed to provide any information to police arriving at the scene or to police at the nearest police station.

Rich “knew, or should have known, that she had just been involved in an accident that resulted in personal injury or death” to Sullivan, the indictment said.

Sullivan’s family and boyfriend, Tim Clements, encouraged prosecutors to bring more serious charges against Rich given the circumstances and the fact that she ultimately died as a result of her injuries.

Police have said Rich was aware that she hit someone but left the scene after she panicked.

According to a police affidavit, after identifying her as a potential suspect investigators went to her home on Jacobs Well Road to ask her about what happened and at one point she asked to call her husband. Police said she stated over the phone, “I think I’m in trouble. I hit someone.”

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