Suspect in Enfield Fatal Hit-And-Run Due in Court Next Week

Enfield police arrested a suspect in the hit-and-run crash that killed a skateboarder early on the morning of Friday, Dec. 2 and he is due back in court on July 11.

Police said the victim, 20-year-old Jeremy Mercier, was hit while trying to help a friend on Route 5 around 1 a.m. that morning.

Loved ones said Mercier had jumped on his skateboard to bring a can of a gas to a friend who had run out. As he headed out on the several-mile trip, he was hit just around the corner from his home.

The driver who hit Mercier fled from the scene, police said.

On Friday morning, police arrested 29-year-old Rocco Barile at his home. He has been charged with evading responsibility, death resulting; tampering with physical evidence; failure to renew a registration and failure to drive in a proper lane.

He was held on a $175,000 non-surety bond, but was released after posting bond. 

He is scheduled to appear in court on July 11. 

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