Late last month, on a Sunday evening, Zach Pollard was crossing the intersection at Chestnut and Hall Streets in Waltham, Massachusetts when he was hit by a car. The driver of the vehicle fled the scene of the accident, only to be tracked down, arrested and charged a few weeks after the event.
Eric Romero, a 23-year-old Belmont, Massachusetts man was driving the black Ford Mustang that struck Pollard, according to investigators. On October 4, Romero was formally charged with leaving the scene of an accident after personal injury.
The accident occurred on September 16, when Pollard was returning home from a party with a group of friends from Bentley College, where he is a freshman.
Waltham Police Sgt. William Gallant described what transpired, saying, "Most of the group had just crossed the street. Two others were just in front of (Pollard) and observed a car heading their way. They jumped to get out of the way and turned around to see (Pollard) crossing the street talking on his cell phone. He did not see the car coming."
The crash caused Pollard to tumble onto the car's hood and then onto the street, investigators said, leaving him with a concussion and a severe injury to his upper right arm.
Police used the passenger side view mirror from the Mustang, which was knocked off in the accident by Pollard's body, to find the guilty vehicle and its driver.
Romero's trial date has not been released.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, a New Hampshire personal injury lawyer can help you seek damages you may be entitled to in court, so that you can cover your medical and living expenses.