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Massena man jailed on $100K bail on vehicular assault charge

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MASSENA — Edward S. Remington, 46, of 155 East Orvis St., Apt. 9, was walking home from a quick trip to the store with his girlfriend when he was run over by a truck shortly before 9 p.m. Friday, according to statements given to village police. He died Saturday in a hospital in Vermont.

Village police said the truck, driven by James A. Berry, 21, of 36 Park Ave., struck Mr. Remington at 8:48 p.m. on East Orvis Street near Woody’s General Store. Mr. Berry is being held on $100,000 cash bail.

Court documents report Mr. Remington suffered multiple skull fractures and internal injuries, bleeding in his cranial cavity and several other fractures. He was taken by Massena Rescue to Massena Memorial Hospital and then transferred to Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, Vt.

St. Lawrence County District Attorney Nicole M. Duve told the Times she had been advised Mr. Remington died there Saturday.

Mr. Berry was charged by village police with second-degree vehicular assault and a misdemeanor count of driving while intoxicated. His blood alcohol content was not available Saturday. A sample of his blood had been sent for analysis, according to police.

Ms. Duve said that no additional charges would be filed until her staff has a chance to review the case.

Mr. Remington’s girlfriend, Kimberly Tassie, said the couple was returning home after a quick trip to Woody’s General Store to buy soda when the accident occurred. She said she was walking ahead of Mr. Remington but turned around moments before the accident.

Michael R. Hart told police he was driving on East Orvis Street and witnessed the accident. He said he saw the truck hit a person and then drag the person for 15 to 20 feet.

A portion of East Orvis Street was closed for several hours Friday night while village police conducted their investigation. Massena Fire also responded to the scene.

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