BETHEL — The Oxford County Sheriff’s Office arrested 45-year-old Richard Allen Marin, of Bethel, in connection to the hit-and-run in Bethel that left a child seriously injured.

Deputies said they arrested Marin at his residence early Sunday morning and charged him with aggravated leaving the scene of a personal injury crash.

Deputies allege a car driven by Marin struck a child riding a bike Friday afternoon on Church Street.

Deputy Andrew Whitney said Saturday afternoon that the juvenile was still in critical condition. The Associated Press reported the 14-year-old boy from Goffstown, N.H., is being treated at Maine Medical Center in Portland.

“The bike came out from the side of the road, in front of the car,” Whitney said.

Police reconstruction teams are trying to determine whether the vehicle could have swerved in time to avoid the boy, but even if the driver could not, “obviously they’ve still hit-and-run and left the scene,” he said.

The youth, who was wearing a helmet, was airlifted to a hospital. Whitney declined to name which one.

Deputies said the vehicle they were looking for was eventually located in Bethel. The female registered owner was interviewed and her vehicle was inspected. That person was able to provide deputies with the information that led them to Marin.

The vehicle was impounded. Marin is being held at the Oxford County Jail. His bail has been set at $10,000 cash.

Sun Journal and Associated Press information was used in this report.


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