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Prosecutors still weighing charges after deadly Epping hit-and-run

Union Leader Correspondent

February 23. 2018 9:07AM
Andrea Rich listens to a prosecutor during a bail hearing earlier this month in Rockingham County Superior Court. (Jason Schreiber)

BRENTWOOD — A woman accused of hitting a Dunkin’ Donuts worker with her truck and then fleeing is out on bail and has not faced upgraded charges after the woman’s death.

Andrea Rich posted $5,000 bail shortly after a hearing two weeks ago and remains free while the case is still under investigation and Rockingham County prosecutors weigh their options.

Rich, 55, of Epping, is charged with felony conduct after an accident after allegedly striking Ilene Sullivan, 55, of Lee, while she was in the parking lot of the Dunkin’ Donuts at the Epping Xtra Mart shortly after 3:30 a.m. on Jan. 31.

Authorities said surveillance video shows Rich getting out of her truck to look at Sullivan on the pavement before she gets back in and takes off, leaving her on the ground until a customer found her about 10 to 15 minutes later. Sullivan died of her injuries nearly a week later.

Police tracked Rich down a few hours after the accident, and during an interview they said she admitted that she “was aware that she hit somebody, that she did get out of the car and she saw that that person was not moving, and she panicked.”

Sullivan’s boyfriend, Tim Clements, has urged authorities to bring more serious charges since her death, but Deputy County Attorney Jennifer Haggar said this week any additional or upgraded charges would have to be presented to a grand jury for possible indictment.

“In order to do that I need to ensure that the entire investigation is complete,” she said.

Haggar said state police have not finished their crash reconstruction, and Epping police are also completing their investigation.

“We had the necessary probable cause to charge immediately for conduct after an accident as it was readily apparent by both surveillance as well as Rich's statement that she fled the scene. Any additional charges would require the same probable cause to indict. We want to ensure that we have all the necessary information to make any additional charging decision an educated one,” Haggar said.

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