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Victim of hit and run at Epping Dunkin' Donuts succumbs to injuries

Union Leader Correspondent

February 07. 2018 1:30PM
Ilene Sullivan 

EPPING — A Dunkin’ Donuts worker struck in a hit-and-run accident in the parking lot last week died Tuesday afternoon.

Ilene Sullivan, 55, of Lee, passed away at Portsmouth Regional Hospital after spending days on life support; the accident on Jan. 31 left her with a severe head injury.

“I can’t believe it happened. It’s ripped my heart out,” Tim Clements, her longtime boyfriend, said Tuesday night.

Sullivan was outside on a cigarette break just before 4 a.m. when she was allegedly struck by a pickup truck driven by Andrea Rich, 55, of Epping. Police said video surveillance showed Rich exiting the truck to look at Sullivan on the ground, then getting back in the truck and taking off. Sullivan was found by a customer about 10 to 15 minutes later.

After reviewing the surveillance from the Route 125 store, police said they were able to identify Rich as the suspect. She was arrested about five hours later.

Rich was initially charged with felony conduct after an accident, but could face new charges after Sullivan’s death. Police Sgt. Steve Soares said any additional or upgraded charges would be determined by the Rockingham County Attorney’s Office.

Clements said he hopes prosecutors bring negligent homicide charges.

“They should re-arrest her now. It’s a homicide,” he said.

If Rich is convicted, Clements said he hopes she gets the maximum punishment.

“I just hope she gets a long sentence and suffers,” he said.

Sullivan worked at the Dunkin’ Donuts for about eight years, and previously worked at another one nearby for about four years, Clements said.

Clements had little hope that his girlfriend of 16 years would survive the accident, given the extent of her injuries.

“Her brain was so damaged. Even if she pulled through she would have been a vegetable,” he said. Clements said her death has left him “panic-stricken” and in shock.

“She was just so nice. I’m going to miss her,” he said.

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