NASHUA, N.H. —Investigators in Nashua are searching for a hit-and-run driver who killed a 63-year-old man walking home from a corner store Sunday night, police said.
Robert Derome was left for dead in a snowbank after being hit near the corner of West Hollis and Pine streets.
The car involved in the crash got away, but was likely heavily damaged, police said.
Derome, who was a regular customer at West Hollis Market, was walking up the road when neighbors heard what sounded like a car accident.
“I just heard a loud bang,” said Isaac Velez of Nashua.
“We were up watching TV and all you hear is a loud thump, and I look out the window and I could see the guy lying in the snowbank,” said Tony Parry of Nashua.
Before anyone could get a good look, the car drove off. Derome was later pronounced dead at St. Joseph’s Hospital.
Police were gathering surveillance video from nearby cameras, but so far do not have a description of the car.
“Based on where our victim was found and based on where his injuries were located on his body, it would appear that we’re going to have some damage to the front of our suspect vehicle,” said Lt. Denis Linehan of the Nashua Police Department. “In terms of the extent of the damage, it should be significant.”
Linehan said Derome was walking on the street because the sidewalks were too icy.
“The sidewalks were covered,” Linehan said. “This gentleman was walking in the street. He had to walk in the roadway in order to get where he was going.”
“It’s terrible,” Parry said. “There’s nowhere to walk. So, you’re stuck walking in the street.”
Parry, police and others said they hope the driver comes forward.
“Whoever it is, turn yourself in,” Parry said. “You’re only going to make it worse on yourself. Turn yourself in. Do what’s right”
The clerk at West Hollis Market said Derome was a regular and was joking around with her when he left.
Police said anyone who was traveling in the area of West Hollis Street from 7-7:30 p.m. Sunday night should call them at 603-594-3500.