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Police Arrest Suspect in Fatal 2016 Hit-and-Run

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    (Published Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016)

    Enfield police arrested a suspect in the hit-and-run crash that killed a skateboarder early on the morning of Friday, Dec. 2 and he is due back in court on July 11.

    Police said the victim, 20-year-old Jeremy Mercier, was hit while trying to help a friend on Route 5 around 1 a.m. that morning.

    Loved ones said Mercier had jumped on his skateboard to bring a can of a gas to a friend who had run out. As he headed out on the several-mile trip, he was hit just around the corner from his home.

    The driver who hit Mercier fled from the scene, police said.

    On Friday morning, police arrested 29-year-old Rocco Barile at his home. He has been charged with evading responsibility, death resulting; tampering with physical evidence; failure to renew a registration and failure to drive in a proper lane.

    He was held on a $175,000 non-surety bond, but was released after posting bond. 

    He is scheduled to appear in court on July 11.