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Epping woman faces felony charge after hit and run outside store leaves employee seriously injured

By JASON SCHREIBER
Union Leader Correspondent

January 31. 2018 9:27PM
State and local police officers look for evidence in the parking lot at the XtraMart/Dunkin' Donuts in Epping after Wednesday morning's hit-and-run accident. (JASON SCHREIBER/UNION LEADER CORRESPONDENT)



EPPING — An Epping woman has been charged in a hit-and-run in the Xtra Mart/Dunkin’ Donuts parking lot that left an employee with life-threatening injuries early Wednesday morning.

Andrea Rich, 55, was arrested five hours after allegedly striking the woman and charged with one count of felony conduct after an accident.

Police responded to the parking lot at 3:55 a.m. after receiving a report of a woman found on the ground in the parking lot near the Dunkin’ Donuts drive-thru at 65 Calef Highway (Route 125).

Police Capt. Jason Newman said the victim, identified as Ilene Sullivan, 55, of Lee, was an employee of Dunkin’ Donuts and was crossing the parking lot when she was hit by a pickup truck and left in a puddle of blood.

Sullivan, whose injuries included serious head trauma, was found unconscious on the ground about 10 to 15 minutes later by a customer, Newman said.

Sullivan was transported to Exeter Hospital and later transferred to Portsmouth Regional Hospital, where she remained in critical condition Wednesday.

Newman said Rich was delivering newspapers, had just dropped papers off at the store and was driving around the area of the drive-thru when she hit the woman. Rich then left the scene, he said.

After reviewing surveillance video, police were able to identify Rich as the suspect about two hours after the incident.

“Through the investigation, the videotape, we found that a pickup truck actually struck her. The driver got out, looked at the victim, but then got back in the vehicle and left the area,” Newman said.

He added: “We’re very confident she was aware she hit a person.”

Newman said Rich has no prior criminal record and was cooperative throughout the investigation.

“I have no comment,” Rich told reporters as she exited the police station after being released on personal recognizance bail.

Dunkin’ Donuts issued a statement Wednesday afternoon.

“We are aware of the incident that took place at the franchised Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant at 65 Calef Highway in Epping, N.H., this morning. Our thoughts are with the franchisee’s employee who was injured in the incident. We understand that the franchisee is cooperating with the police investigating this matter,” the company said.

The State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit assisted Epping police with the investigation.

Rich will be arraigned on Feb. 9 in Rockingham County Superior Court.

jschreiber@newstote.com


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