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Driver In Hit And Run Sought

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by Dana Grey

State police are looking for the driver of a car that struck the rear of another car Saturday night on Interstate 91 and caused the car to roll, sending a New Hampshire family of three to the hospital.

The father, mother and 3-year-old daughter were all conscious and oriented to their surroundings at the accident scene. Trooper Scott Dugas noted their injuries included bumps and bruises.

All of the occupants were wearing seat belts. Sgt. Walter Goodell of the state police said it was a good thing the young girl was strapped into a child safety seat.

St. Johnsbury firefighters were on hand to help with the removal of the occupants. CALEX and Lyndon Rescue workers transported them to Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital, where all three were treated and released.

Richard Iffland, 25, of Hancock, N.H., was driving his wife, Tammy Iffland, 26, and their 3-year-old daughter, Juliette, north on the interstate. As his 1991 Chevrolet Lumina reached an area between exits 20 and 21, a vehicle behind him struck the rear of the Lumina.

The impact forced the Lumina out of control. It rolled several times and ended upright, having received extensive damage.

Emergency personnel were advised of the accident through a cellular phone call made by Debbie DeLong, of Maine. She and her boyfriend, Richard Suylam, were driving north on the interstate and came upon the accident soon after it happened.

As he was being treated at the scene, Iffland recalled the driver of the other vehicle stopping only long enough to say he would go for help. Police did not hear from the man.

Another motorist who came upon the accident also reported the other driver stopped but quickly took off.

The driver was described as a white male, heavy build, about 5 feet, 9 inches tall, with short hair, wearing dark pants and a red T-shirt.

His vehicle was described as a small sports car, possibly a Ford Mustang, with damage to the front passenger side.

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Copyright 1997

The Caledonian-Record

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