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January 22, 2014

Driver identified in pedestrian accident

MARBLEHEAD — New details have emerged regarding the vehicle-pedestrian accident that sent a 16-year-old local girl to the hospital last week.

Isis Elston was crossing Sewall Street at Elm Street shortly after 5 p.m. last Thursday when she was struck by a blue Ford F-250 pickup truck with commercial plates, driven by Jeffrey Whitmore, 53, also of Marblehead, according to information provided by local and state police.

Elston was conscious after the accident and was originally taken to Salem Hospital. Later that evening, she was sent to Massachusetts General Hospital, where a spokeswoman said yesterday that her name wasn’t in their directory — meaning she has either been released or her family has requested privacy.

Elston was initially reported to be in serious condition.

Police haven’t said whether Whitmore will face charges. Chief Robert Picariello said Whitmore remained at the scene after the accident and cooperated with police. His truck was towed to the police station.

State police responded to the scene and conducted an accident reconstruction, including a “skid test.” Police were on scene until well past midnight, and one officer went to Salem Hospital to speak with Elston.

The day after the accident, a woman fell in the roadway near where it had occurred, and “while she was in the street, a vehicle went directly around her without stopping,” according to the incident log.

The woman suggested there may be some attention needed at that intersection, police said.

Neil H. Dempsey can be reached at ndempsey@salemnews.com.

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