Derby Police Release Info On Hit-And-Run

A 22-year-old Derby man faces three criminal charges after allegedly hitting two people with a SUV on Thanksgiving morning.

James Depalmer was charged with reckless driving, evading responsibility and driving with a suspended registration or license, according to information released by Derby police Dec. 2.

Derby police were sent to Bridge Street about 1 a.m. Nov. 28 after receiving a report that two people had been struck by a vehicle which then drove away.

Police, EMS and firefighters responded.

The two victims were identified as Marcus Campbell, 37, and Adam Diaz, 35, both of Derby. They were transported to the trauma unit at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

As of Dec. 2, Campbell was still in the hospital, where he was listed in good condition. There was no information on Diaz.

Witnesses to the hit and run remained on the scene and described the evading vehicle as a black or dark-colored SUV, possibly a Chevrolet Trailblazer.

According to a prepared statement from police, Depalmer was driving the vehicle. He turned himself in at 5 a.m., four hours after the incident, which occurred as people packed local bars to celebrate “Valley New Year’s” (Thanksgiving Eve).

Depalmer is scheduled to appear at Superior Court in Derby Dec. 11.


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