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Granby police search for hit-and-run driver, passenger


The Granby Police Department is searching for the driver and passenger of a vehicle that hit two bicyclists from Massachusetts on Sunday afternoon.

Around noon, police and EMS responded to reports that two people had been hit by a vehicle on Day Street in the area of Creamery Hill Road.

After hitting the two people, who have been identified as Fredrika Ballard, 42, and Joanne Nelson, 51, both of Southwick, MA, the vehicle fled the area.

Ballard and Nelson were both brought to Baystate Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police are now looking to the public with helping to identify the driver and passenger of the hit-and-run vehicle.

"The roadway in that area is straight, excellent line of sight," said Granby police Capt. Bill Tyler.  "There's no question on investigators' parts that the operator was aware of the crash."

Witnesses described the vehicle as seeing an old dark green SUV in poor condition, which could have possible been a Chevy Blazer. In addition, there may have been an external spare tire on the rear of the vehicle with a tan cover.

The passenger was described as a heavyset white woman with blonde hair, but there is no description of the driver.

Ballard told Eyewitness News Monday that while she has cuts, bruises and road rash and Nelson has a broken nose and eye socket, they feared that their injuries could have been worse. 

Both women are at home recovering

Dan Ross lives a few houses away from where the crash occurred and told Eyewitness News the area can be "dangerous."   

"It's kind of a dangerous road allow the speeders to continue," said Ross, who heard the crash, but did not see it. "That's how I feel about it."

Ballard also told Eyewitness News Day Street is a popular road for bicyclists, and that she and Nelson have ridden on it before.

Anyone who may have any information about the incident is asked to contact the Granby Police Department at 860-844-5335.

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