Driver who allegedly struck a state trooper identified as Amherst man
BEDFORD - The man who reportedly struck a trooper during a traffic stop Sunday has been identified as Eric Jackson, 43, of Amherst.
Jackson is under arrest and is expected to be arraigned on a charge of conduct after an accident this afternoon. He was also cited for violating the state's "Move Over Law," which requires motorists to slow down and switch to an outer lane when there is police activity.
State Police have seized the 2005 Chevy Trailblazer believed to be the vehicle which struck state Trooper Ryan Hickey on the Everett Turnpike at approximately 2:30 a.m. Hickey sustained serious injuries in the accident. He has been released from the hospital and is expected to be at the arraignment this afternoon.
State Police Lt. Nathan Noyes thanked Merrimack Police for its assistance on the scene and during the investigation. He warned motorists to be careful and to observe the "Move Over Law."
"We ask people to slow down a bit. We have fathers, mothers, brothers, sons, and daughters," Noyes said. "When you see the blue lights and the red rainbow lights, we jut ask you that you give some space."
He said Hickey was lucky.
"A number of inches, we could be having a different conversation," Noyes said.