Pedestrian Struck by Suspected Drunk Driver

Police say this was Attleboro resident Richard Johnson's second drunk driving offense.

A 46-year-old Attleboro resident was arrested late Friday afternoon after he allegedly struck a 72-year-old New Hampshire man with his vehicle on County Street near the Olive Street intersection and continued driving.

Attleboro Police Sgt. Brian Witherell said Richard Johnson was arrested on suspicion of second offense OUI, OUI causing serious bodily injury, operating a motor vehicle to endanger and leaving the scene of a crash.

The New Hampshire man, Richard Guimond, was taken to Rhode Island Hospital with severe injuries to both sides of his pelvis, his wife Lisa told Attleboro Patch.

Johnson told police he continued driving after striking Guimond shortly before 4:15 p.m. because he did not know what he had allegedly done, Witherell said. A witness followed Johnson, and later brought him back to the scene of the incident, where the suspect was arrested.

A portion of County Street was briefly closed while police conducted an investigation.

Editor's Note: A previous version of this story stated Richard Guimond went to the hospital with a hand injury. It was actually severe pelvic injuries. The story has been updated.

Poland Spring February 18, 2013 at 09:10 PM
It wasnt just his hand, he had internal bleeding and 2 fractured hips.
lisa guimond February 18, 2013 at 09:10 PM
I agree Brooke i wish I knew the name of that person who tracked that man down he needs to be accountable for his actions he has ruined our lives as we once knew! I do thank God for that hero and all the concerned people of Attleboro
Brooke February 18, 2013 at 09:14 PM
Hey Lisa, Here is the reporter's information. He responded to my comment. If you have additional information to share, feel free to email or call me anytime. I can be reached anytime at jonathan.friedman@patch.com or 508-821-8613.
Jonathan Friedman February 19, 2013 at 10:29 PM
I spoke with Lisa Guimond, the wife of victim Richard Guimond, today. I have updated the story regarding the specific injury information. An additional story will be posted on the site regarding related matters soon.
George Glass February 20, 2013 at 02:13 AM
A large percentage of lawmakers here in Mass are former defense attorneys who make their bread and butter on DUI's. The state was FORCED to create tougher laws a few years back or they would lose federal funding. It is awful what this state sees a a criminal offence. The person who killed my sister in law was in jail for 18 months. that's all. Drunk Driving (impaired driving)should be viewed as a crime, not an accident. Best wishes to the Guimond family during this very challenging time. My prayers are with you.


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