Goshen Police Cruiser Reported as Involved
On Thursday, January 04, at approximately 5:43 p.m., 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.
According to a statement from the NH State Police, the investigation revealed that Michael Batista, 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. According to NHSP, “The weather conditions were treacherous with blowing and drifting snow, causing ‘white-out’ conditions.” The cruiser was in its lane when it collided with pedestrian, Thomas Cummings, 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, said NHSP. 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 threatening injuries.
“The weather was a significant contributing factor to the collision. At this time, the cause of the collision remains under investigation,” said NHSP.
Anyone with information pertaining to the collision is asked to contact Sergeant William DiLegge or Trooper William Neilsen at Troop C – 603-223-8494.