Bloody side-view mirror leads to arrest in fatal hit-and-run

Following a months-long investigation, the Vermont State Police on Oct. 20 arrested a suspect in connection with a fatal hit-and-run crash that occurred March 11 on U.S. Route 4 in Mendon.

Police say Dylan Gunnip, 27, of Rutland was arrested Wednesday afternoon on suspicion of leaving the scene of a crash with death resulting. He was processed and released on a citation to appear for arraignment at 9 a.m. Monday, Oct. 25, in the Criminal Division of Vermont Superior Court in Rutland.

Through investigation, troopers learned that Gunnip had been operating the Dodge Ram truck that struck and killed Henry Miles, 54, of Rutland as he crossed the highway near the Killington Pico Motor Inn at about 9:34 p.m. March 11. The driver’s side rear-view mirror of a vehicle had broken off and was found by police at the scene of the crash. Investigators were able to determine the mirror had come from Gunnip’s 2019 Dodge Ram. Blood evidence also was found on the mirror that was determined to have come from the victim of the fatal crash.

Assisting in the investigation of this incident were the Vermont State Police Crash Reconstruction Team, Crime Scene Search Team and Technology Investigation Unit, the Vermont Forensic Laboratory, and the Rutland County State’s Attorney’s Office.

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