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For Immediate Release
January 4, 2018
For more information contact:
Sergeant William DiLegge or Trooper William Neilsen
(603) 223-8494

Pedestrian Collision, Unity Road Newport

On Thursday January 04, 2017 at approximately 1743 hours, troopers from the New Hampshire State Police Troop C responded to a vehicle vs. pedestrian collision involving a Goshen Police Cruiser on Unity Road in the Town of Newport. Newport Police, Sullivan County Sheriff's Department, and Newport Fire and Ambulance also provided assistance at the scene.

The investigation revealed that Michael Batista, Age 42, was operating a motor vehicle described as a 2013 Ford Explorer.

The vehicle was traveling southbound on Unity Road to a call for service in the Town of Goshen. The weather conditions were treacherous with blowing and drifting snow causing "white-out" conditions. The cruiser was in its lane when it collided with Thomas Cummings (Pedestrian), Age 68.

Cummings had just parked his vehicle in his driveway and was walking southbound in the roadway attempting to walk onto his walkway to go inside his residence. Cummings was struck by the Explorer in the southbound lane sending him up onto the hood and ultimately back onto the roadway in front of cruiser. The Explorer had no damage and was able to be driven from the scene.

Cummings was conscious and alert at the scene. He was transported to Dartmouth Medical Center via Newport Ambulance for what was determined to be non-life threating injuries.

The weather was a significant contributing factor to the collision. At this time, the cause of the collision remains under investigation. Anyone with information pertaining to the collision is asked to contact Sergeant William DiLegge or Trooper William Neilsen at Troop C – 603-223-8494.

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