Crash in Whitingham leaves one in critical condition, driver facing charges after fleeing scene

WHITINGHAM — A driver is facing charges after police say he fled the scene of a car crash on foot in Whitingham this morning, leaving a seriously injured passenger entrapped in the vehicle behind.

At around 2:00 a.m. on Thursday, rescue workers responded to the single-vehicle crash on Tunnel Street.

Police say the vehicle smashed into a tree, and the operator had fled the scene on foot.

A passenger was entrapped in the vehicle and was extricated by the Readsboro Fire Department.

The passenger was airlifted by medical helicopter from the scene to the Albany Medical Center and is listed in critical condition.

The driver, identified by police as Patrick Belliveau, 24, of Gardner, Mass., was screened for alcohol and drug impairment and his blood alcohol level was determined to be .089 percent.

He was located approximately four miles away and taken into custody.

Belliveau is being charged with gross negligent operation serious bodily injury, and leaving the scene of a crash with serious bodily injury.

Police say Belliveau may also be charged with driving under the influence pending the results of evidentiary tests.

Tunnel Street was closed to traffic for approximately three hours while the crash was investigated.

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