Police: missing vehicle caused Mendon woman’s death
By Brent Curtis
STAFF WRITER | December 31,2012
Two cars struck Mendon resident Drury Morgan on Friday afternoon, but a preliminary medical examiner’s report said that only one was responsible for her death, Vermont State Police said Sunday.
Morgan, 45, was pronounced dead at the scene on Route 4 after she was hit by a car while crossing the three-lane highway near the Cortina Inn at about 5:15 p.m. Friday.
Two cars reportedly struck Morgan — a Honda CR-V driven by Joseph Ferrara of Huntington Station, N.Y., and a dark-colored station wagon or hatchback that did not stop after hitting her.
Vermont State Police Sgt. Thomas Mozzer said that initially, police had only Ferrara’s account of a second vehicle involved in the incident. But another motorist who was behind the two eastbound vehicles soon came forward with the same description of a Subaru-like, possibly green-colored hatchback that fled the scene.
The car that fled the crash may have damage to its passenger side, police said.
Ferrara, who stopped and called 911 after hitting Morgan, has not been charged with a crime as a result of the crash.
According to the witnesses, the hatchback struck Morgan first. Ferrara, who was following the unknown car then struck her as well.
Based on a preliminary autopsy report, Morgan was killed by blunt force trauma to her chest and head delivered by the first vehicle to strike her.
“We don’t believe that vehicle number two was the cause of the fatality,” Mozzer said.
Morgan, who would have finished earning her degree next month to become a licensed nursing assistant, had traveled by bus to her workplace at the Mendon Mountain View Lodge to collect her paycheck Friday afternoon.
She was crossing the highway to take the bus back home when she was killed.
Police say she was wearing dark clothing while crossing the unlighted section of highway and they say they have received multiple reports that she had been drinking alcohol that afternoon.
Anyone with information about the crash or the identity of the driver of the vehicle that fled the scene is asked to call state police at 773-9101.