Overdose victim found on Gonic resident's front lawn spurs police investigation
ROCHESTER — Part of Main Street in Gonic was roped off by crime scene tape after a barely-conscious woman was dropped off on someone’s front lawn.
Rochester Police responded to the scene where it was determined the woman had overdosed.
The woman, who has not been identified, is alive and recovering at a local hospital, but she was found on a neighbor’s front lawn - just next door to a fire station where the woman could have been brought for help.
“We’re at 72 Main St., the house right next to the fire station,” said scanner traffic, explaining just how close a woman was found, unconscious after an overdose, on someone’s front lawn.
“My husband said that it was an almost-dead body that was just dumped and the car sped away,” said Cheryl Pepin, whose lawn the woman was discovered on.
“We do believe that she was in a red pickup truck before she was discovered on the lawn,” said Captain Gary Boudreau of the Rochester Police department.
The street was shut down as police investigated the scene, preserving tire tracks and any evidence about how the woman may have ended up there. It’s unknown how she made it from the pickup to the lawn.
People say the drug epidemic literally ending up on the couple's front lawn is concerning.
“Obviously you come out of your house and you’re concerned,” said Jennifer Olgiti, who saw the cop cars as she attempted to leave her home early Friday. “It’s just crazy because it’s such a nice, beautiful neighborhood and for something like this to happen. It’s just shocking."
Someone attempted to contact the fire station two doors down for help. Meanwhile, first responders were busy with another overdose on the opposite end of town.
“Please respond to 31 Wakefield St., we have a 9-1-1 hang up and a drug overdose,” said scanner traffic.
Rochester police have seen 49 non-fatal overdoses so far this year and seven fatal overdoses. They say that overdose numbers are up and cases like Friday’s incident are good reminders police are here to help.
“The Good Samaritan Law was put in place for things like this to help and save lives,” Boudreau said.
As a reminder, the Good Samaritan Law was put in place to help. If you see an overdose, or are with a friend while doing drugs, report it. No one will be arrested for helping out someone in need.