Russell Fairchild, 70, of 60 Vista Rd in Wilton was by his vehicle, a 2002 Ford pickup parked at the Wilton Transfer Station on Mather Street facing westbound on Oct. 11 when a second vehicle, operated by Richard Hamm, 87, of 44 Old Farm Rd turned right from the main driveway of the Transfer Station onto the dirt and gravel parking area near the recycling dumpsters.
According to Wilton Police, Hamm drove at a high rate of speed toward Fairchild, who was standing at the rear of his vehicle. Hamm's vehicle struck Fairchild and pinned him between the two vehicles, according to Wilton Police. Hamm's vehicle, a 2007 Ford Fusion pushed Fairchild's pickup approximately 9 feet.
Fairchild fell to the ground and Hamm drove over Fairchild's left leg and dragged him approximately 15 feet, according to Wilton Police. Hamm's car continued up a stone and dirt embankment and stopped in the woods at the top of the embankment.
Hamm reported to police that he had been applying the brakes but that the car accelerated. According to Wilton Police, the car was examined mechanically and no indication found of mechanical problems was found. Hamm's license was seized and returned to DMV.