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Two injured in hit-and-run Deerfield crash

DEERFIELD — Police said that t wo people were injured in a hit-and-run crash when a passing car struck a pickup around 9:20 p.m. Sunday, resulting in a rollover.

The car’s driver fled on foot but turned himself in Monday morning in Greenfield District Court after a police dog search for him the night before failed.

Jesse M. Hudson, 21, of Pleasant Street, Conway, pleaded innocent at his arraignment on charges of negligent driving, marked lanes violation, speeding and two counts of leaving the scene of a personal injury accident.

The driver of the brown Chevrolet pickup, Austin I. Ahmed of Sunderland, had a head injury and his passenger, Kimberly Brozo of Northampton, complained of severe back pain. Both were transported to Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, where they were treated and released.

According to the police report by Deerfield Sgt. Michael Krusiewski, Ahmed was driving on North Main Street when Hudson’s red Chevrolet Lumina crossed into the southbound lane, in a no-passing zone, and struck the left side of Ahmed’s truck, causing it to roll over. Both Ahmed and Brozo said they saw the driver of that vehicle run from the scene, heading west on foot.

“Due to the height of Ahmed’s vehicle, Hudson’s vehicle went partly underneath Ahmed’s truck,” says the report. “For a short distance, Ahmed’s truck was trapped on top of Hudson’s front engine compartment. Hudson’s vehicle pushed Ahmed’s truck, causing it to spin sideways, rolling onto its passenger side. Hudson’s vehicle continued to travel, striking a street sign and a stone wall on Braeburn (Road).”

State police assisted in the search for the car’s driver with police dogs, but were unable to track the suspect.

Deerfield Emergency Medical Services and South Deerfield Fire Department responded.

The police learned the Chevy Lumina was registered to Hudson, and contacted his family. A warrant for his arrest was issued before he turned himself in.

A pretrial conference is scheduled for Jan. 21.

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