• Police reconstruct fatal hit-and-run
    By Gordon Dritschilo
     | April 24,2013
     

    Investigators closed off Strongs Avenue on Tuesday afternoon to recreate the hit-and-run incident that killed Mary Outslay.

    Meanwhile, the Vermont Department of Health released Outslay’s death certificate, which listed the 71-year-old Mendon woman’s cause of death as blunt force injuries to the torso and the manner of death as accidental. It also said she died within minutes of being hit by a car on the evening of April 10.

    While police have identified local lawyer Christopher Sullivan as driving the car that hit Outslay, and then driving away, no charges have been brought.

    The Vermont attorney general’s office is handling the case, and Assistant Attorney General Cindy Maguire, who is assigned to it, was not available for comment Tuesday, though Assistant Attorney General John Treadwell did return a call.

    “Obviously, the investigations are active,” Treadwell said. “It’s not possible to give any meaningful estimate as to when things will happen.”

    Vermont State Police Detective Albert Abdelnour said before the reconstruction that it would gather data to be fed into a computer model.

    “It’s like surveying,” he said. “There’ll be a station and a pole.”

    Television crews from three different stations showed up as the state police accident reconstruction team worked at the scene outside The Palms restaurant. At one point police asked one of them to move their vehicle, which was parked at a meter on Strongs Avenue, because it was in the way.

    The closure cut off the entry to Wales Street, forcing a number of Rutland City Police Department vehicles to drive the wrong way for about half a block up the one-way street to get to the police station.

    Police said Sullivan drove home after the April 10 incident and parked his 2004 Lexus behind his garage, handing it over to the police the next day. Police said the car had extensive damage to the hood and windshield and that Sullivan told them, through his attorney, that he was “involved in striking something on Strongs Avenue.”

    gordon.dritschilo@rutlandherald.com

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