A former Manchester, New Hampshire, police sergeant has been charged with two felony counts of conduct following a hit-and-run accident that took place on the evening of March 22.
According to regional news source the Union Leader, 41-year-old Stephen Coco of Bedford turned himself in on March 26. Coco - a veteran of more than 17 years - was fired the previous day following the investigation of the incident, which took place at around 9:20 p.m. on Harrod Lane in Bedford. Hillsborough County Attorney Patricia LaFrance stated in a press conference that Coco's unmarked police vehicle injured two 17- and 18-year-old pedestrians when it struck them from behind, leaving one of the victims with serious head trauma. Fortunately, neither teenager suffered life-threatening injuries and both have been released from the hospital. It was later discovered that Coco was the one behind the wheel, and an internal affairs investigation determined that he had violated several police procedures.
"This case, obviously because it involves an off-duty Manchester police officer, we want to make sure people understand there's no favoritism. We're investigating this as we would any conduct-after-an-accident and we want the public aware of that," said LaFrance.
If a car accident that occurs in New Hampshire results in bodily injury, it is a felony not to report it to law enforcement officials.
If you have been accused of a crime in the Granite State, you may want to consider consulting an experienced New Hampshire lawyer. These knowledgeable professionals can review your case and defend you in court, ensuring that you have a fair trial and can move forward with your life. Many people don't realize that they can lose important constitutional rights if they don't take legal action within 10 days after being arrested. This is why it's essential to find an attorney to represent you throughout the entire process, keeping your best interests in mind along the way.