Pedestrian killed in hit-and-run crash in Rochester, suspect located

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ROCHESTER — A pedestrian was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver in Rochester on Monday evening while resecuring a load on his trailer, authorities said.

Rochester Police, Fire Department, and Frisbie EMS responded to the incident at 5:22 p.m. near 10 Crown Point Road, where they found 57-year-old John Pogorek of Strafford suffering from life-threatening injuries.

Pogorek was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the police press release.

Investigators determined that Pogorek had stopped his 2014 Toyota Tundra, which was towing a trailer, and was outside the vehicle when he was hit by a westbound red Toyota Rav 4.

The driver of the Rav 4 did not stop after the collision.

Following an ongoing investigation, police located a red 2012 Toyota Rav 4, driven by 81-year-old Paul Clement of Rochester.

The juvenile passenger in the Toyota Tundra at the time of the crash was not injured.

The Strafford County Regional Traffic Accident Reconstruction Team was called to the scene to assist with the investigation.

Crown Point Road was closed from the intersection of Meadorboro Road and Estes Road to the intersection of Strafford Road for several hours during the inquiry and has since been reopened.

The Rochester Police Department is continuing to investigate all aspects of the crash.

They are urging anyone with information that could assist in the investigation to contact Detective Matthew Flathers at (603) 330-7128 or via email at [email protected].

Chief Gary M. Boudreau is overseeing the investigation.

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