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S&S Officer Left Lomakin Accident Site
On October 8, The D reported the death of Physics Department graduate student Mikhail Lomakin:
First-year physics graduate student Mikhail Lomakin died Saturday morning in a car accident in Hartford, Vt., according to a press release from the Vermont State Police.
Police were called to I-91 South at 2:24 a.m. on Oct. 6 at mile marker 73, where they discovered Lomakin’s body lying in the far right lane. Police believe that three different vehicles hit Lomakin, although only two motorists have given accounts of the night’s events.
To date, the driver of the first vehicle, the one that presumably struck and killed Lomakin, has not been identified. However the drivers of the second and third cars are now known: both are Dartmouth Safety & Security officers.
The second driver, Shane Harlow, 47, of Quechee, a swing shift security officer with S&S, has been charged in Vermont with leaving the scene of a fatality. According to court records, he hit Lomakin’s prone body and continued on his way. On Decembr 12, the Rutland Herald reported that Harlow “pleaded innocent Tuesday [December 11] morning to a misdemeanor count of leaving the scene of an accident, a charge which carries a maximum potential penalty of up to two years in jail and/or a fine of up to $2,000 if convicted.”
The third driver, the second S&S officer involved in the incident, was Justin Ciccarelli, 37, an S&S communications officer in training. He also struck a prone Lomakin, but in contrast to Harlow, stopped and immediately reported the incident to 911:
He had just come upon what he initially thought was a deer lying in the southbound lane of the interstate just over the Hartford/Norwich town line. A shaken Ciccarelli told troopers that he had topped over a slight rise in the pavement and spotted the bloody object in the road, assumed it was an animal, and, feeling he was too close to safely stop, positioned his tires to pass over it. At the last moment, Ciccarelli later told investigators, he realized it was a person in bright colored clothing and then, “I ran the body over and heard it ‘clunk’ under me. I immediately stopped and dialed 911 while exiting the car. I walked over and shouted to see if there was an answer. There was not,” he wrote in a sworn statement filed with the court.
Harlow is still present in the College’s name directory. An e-mail inquiring about his current employment status that was sent on Tuesday to Harry Kinne, Dartmouth Director of Safety and Security, was not answered.
Addendum: Unlike the police at other Ivy League schools, who are sworn officers of the law in their respective states with full powers of arrest and the right to carry arms, Dartmouth’s Safety & Security workers are only private security guards in the employ of the College.
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