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Police: Suspect Confessed to Hit-and-Run

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Police in St. Albans, Vermont, say a man accused in a hit-and-run that occurred last week has confessed to the crime.

Tyler Benjamin was arrested Sunday for the hit-and-run crash that occurred Jan. 15.

John Hemmond, 52, was crossing Lake Street in the area of Food City at 8:25 p.m. when he was struck by a vehicle. The vehicle continued driving east on Lake Street and turned north on Federal Street.

Hemmond was transported to Northwestern Medical Center with serious head injuries. He was later transferred to UVM Medical center and remains in critical condition.

Police located the vehicle the next day in a parking lost at the southwest corner of Hoyt Street. The registration plates were removed and located a short distance from the vehicle. The vehicle was registered to the mother of Benjamin’s girlfriend.

During an interview, police say Benjamin confessed to being the operator of the vehicle and fleeing the scene.

Bail was set at $100,000. He will be due in court Tuesday on charges of leaving the scene of an accident with serious injuries, gross negligent operation, operating with a criminally suspended license and violation of conditions of release.

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