HANNIBAL, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — A Fulton man was arrested early Saturday morning after hitting two people with his truck, killing one and severely injuring another, before leaving the scene.
According to State Police, troopers responded to State Route 176 in the town of Hannibal at approximately 12:34 a.m., for reports of a car hitting a pedestrian.
After an investigation, police say a Dodge Ram pickup truck was traveling on State Route 176 when the driver, Christopher Rogers, hit two pedestrians that were walking along the shoulder of the road. After hitting the pedestrians, Rogers immediately fled the scene.
As a result of the crash, 16-year-old Kaydence Nichols of Hannibal, was pronounced dead at the scene.
17-year-old Riley Trumble, from Hannibal, was also hit by the pickup truck and suffered severe injuries. Trumble was transported to Upstate Hospital where he remains in critical but stable condition.
Police say a third person was walking with Nichols and Trumble at the time of the crash, but he/she was not hit by the truck.
After fleeing the scene, the driver, 29-year-old Christopher Rodgers of Fulton, was located and arrested by State Police with assistance from the Fulton Police Department.
Rogers was charged with 2nd degree vehicular manslaughter, 2nd degree vehicular assault, leaving the scene of a fatal motor vehicle accident and driving while intoxicated.
State Police are also looking to speak with the people that were in a sedan, which was traveling closely behind the pickup truck at the time of the crash. Anyone with information on the sedan should contact State Police at 315-366-6000.
The Hannibal Central School District has made the student body aware of this incident, and they say counseling services will be available to students on Saturday, September 19 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., and again at the beginning of the school day on Monday, September 21.
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