GRANVILLE — An elderly man was seriously hurt Tuesday night in a hit-and-run truck-pedestrian accident on Church Street, and police were still searching for the driver early Wednesday, officials said.
The victim, Frank Grunert, 78, of Hebron, was taken to Albany Medical Center with a serious injury after the collision around 6:45 p.m. A hospital spokeswoman said he was listed in critical condition as of late Wednesday afternoon.
Granville Police Chief Ernie Bassett said Grunert was walking southbound on Church Street near Lions Lane, apparently near the shoulder of the street, when a dark-colored pickup that police believe was heading south hit him from behind. A witness who was headed north saw the collision and stopped to help, the chief said.
Grunert suffered a serious head injury and was transferred to Albany from Glens Falls Hospital. Bassett said his prognosis was unclear.
Grunert was headed to a meeting at the United Methodist Church in Granville, near where he was hit.
Bassett said two people saw the collision happen, and described the truck as a black four-door pickup, possibly a Dodge or Ford. Police recovered part of a passenger side, sideview mirror that was believed to have been broken off by the collision.
“Both witnesses claim the man was thrown about five feet in the air before he landed,” Bassett said. “It is dark in that area, and the witnesses could only give us vague descriptions of the vehicle.”
The area is a block off Main Street, and police were working to get surveillance video images of any vehicles that were passing around that time. They released pictures Wednesday afternoon of a truck whose driver they were trying to locate, photographed by a surveillance camera just a few hundred feet from where Grunert was hit, Granville Police Sgt. Ryan Pedone said.
“We’re not saying this is the suspect vehicle, but this person is definitely a person of interest and someone we would like to talk to,” Pedone said.
Granville Police are investigating and were assisted by State Police and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.
Anyone with information in the case was asked to call police at 518-642-1414.