On June 15, troopers in New Hampshire were working a speed enforcement detail on Route 16 in Rochester when a near tragedy took place. A sergeant working for the special enforcement unit was parked in the breakdown lane at a little past noon. The sergeant had just executed a traffic stop and was preparing to leave his cruiser to approach the driver when he was hit from behind by another motorist.
Officers later learned that drivers on Route 16 had already made multiple calls to report the vehicle that struck the police cruiser. The reports were that the driver was “all over the road” and had already barely escaped multiple motor vehicle accidents.
The driver failed to stop after striking the police cruiser. However, two troopers working near the accident heard the call and were able to catch up with the fleeing motorist. The 28-year-old driver of the vehicle was arrested and charged with his second offense of driving while intoxicated. Officers transported the driver to the Rochester City Jail where he remained until he was able to post bail.
Fortunately, the sergeant who was struck by the driver only suffered minor injuries. Members of the public who witnessed the accident are asked to come forward with any information that may be pertinent to pending legal action.
The negligent actions of an intoxicated or distracted driver can drastically alter the life of a person sharing the road with them in a matter of seconds. Individuals injured by negligent drivers often find themselves in need of extended recovery times and unable to immediately resume normal activities. The services of a personal injury attorney may be useful at helping injured accident victims receive the compensation that will allow them to restore a sense of normalcy to their lives.