Police have identified the man who was killed after he was hit by a motor vehicle while riding his skateboard in Enfield early Friday morning.
According to police Chief Carl Sferrazza, 20-year-old Jeremy Mercier was killed in an overnight hit-and-run.
The incident was discovered when officers received a call of a body laying on the side of the road along Route 5 around 1 a.m. on Friday.
Responding officers found the victim, who was later identified as Mercier. He was laying in the roadway near Orlando Drive.
Sferrazza said Mercier appeared to have been skateboarding along the road when he was struck. Sferrazza said they are trying to piece together what happened and who the driver was that left the scene.
"The investigators are checking debris on the road," Sferrazza said. "That’s one thing they are looking to help determine, to determine the type of car."
The street was well lit and Mercier was in a visible area, according to police.
"Based on what we saw there this morning I think it's impossible that someone wouldn't have known that they struck someone," Sferranza said.
Mercier's family and friends are devastated by his death.
"There's just horrible people out there and some person, I don't know how they're going to be able to live with themselves after knowing (they) hit him and didn't even stop," said friend Dan Russell.
Mercier's roommate Jonathon Degray said the skateboarder was on his way to help him after his truck broke down along Route 5. He was hit shortly after.
"He was like my brother," said Degray.
Police said they don't believe Mercier had been lying in the road for very long after he was struck. They believe the collision was between 12:45 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Route 5 was closed in both directions in the area of Orlando Drive while crews investigated the scene. It has since reopened.
A GoFundMe page has been set up by Mercier's family to help with funeral costs.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Enfield Police Department at 860-763-6400.
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