Police: Woman tried to take blame for son’s deadly hit-and-run in Tinmouth

TINMOUTH – A woman lied to police investigators in an effort to protect her son from hit-and-run criminal charges which left one man dead in Tinmouth.

Police responded to a single-vehicle accident at the intersection of Gulf Road and McNamara Road at approximately 8:23 p.m. on Friday.

Police say Leo Branchaud, 57, of Tinmouth, was in the roadway near his residence when he was struck by a 1996 Chevrolet 2500 traveling north on Gulf Road.

Branchaud died as a result of his injuries.

Police say the driver, Thomas H. Velde Jr., 40, fled the accident scene and his mother, Lisa Velde, lied to investigators by saying she was the vehicle’s operator.

Police arrested Velde on at his grandmother’s house on Monday morning at approximately 11:00 a.m.

He faces charges of careless and negligent operation, leaving the scene of an accident, and driving with a criminally suspended license.

His bail was set at $20,000 cash and he was subsequently transported to the Marble Valley Correctional Facility

Lisa Velde was charged with false information to a police officer and was cited to appear in Vermont District Court.

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