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Hartland Man in Hit-and-Run Charge

Hartland — A Hartland man has been charged with driving into a pedestrian in the breakdown lane of Route 5 in November and then fleeing, Vermont State Police said.

David Hook, 25, was cited to appear in Windsor Superior Court in July on felony charges of leaving the scene of an accident and negligent operation of a vehicle, from the November incident, police said.

Police said that, around 8 p.m. on Nov. 17, 2012, Dean Mason, 56, of Meredith, N.H., had run out of fuel in his truck and pulled to the side of Route 5, near the Interstate 91 off ramp in Hartland, walked to a gas station, returned, and tried to pour gas in his truck when a vehicle swiped him from behind and drove away.

Mason said that he saw a vehicle accelerate towards him. He tried to jump into the bed of his truck, but didn’t make it in time, and was thrown into the air upon impact, police said. Mason said that the vehicle that hit him, which he described as a black sedan, never braked, police said.

Mason, who was transported to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, suffered head injuries and a broken leg, police said.

Barnard Town Constable Wesley Henning witnessed the incident, police said.

Vermont State Police have been investigating for months, and publicly urged the driver to surrender to police. Police eventually developed a “strong lead ... which resulted in the confession of (Hook),” police said in a press release.

Mark Davis can be reached at mcdavis@vnews.com or 603-727-3304.