FARMINGTON — A Kingfield woman is accused of misleading police in an effort to help her boyfriend “conceal” a crash that killed a Wilton woman on Wilton Road early Jan. 1.

Nikita Tolman, 27, was indicted Thursday on a felony charge of hindering apprehension or prosecution and a misdemeanor charge of filing a false public report. She had not been previously charged with a crime.

A conviction on the hindering charge is punishable by a maximum five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Tolman’s boyfriend, Tommy Clark, 26, of Industry was the driver of the vehicle that hit Taylor Gaboury, 21, as she was walking along the road. Clark went down the embankment to check on Gaboury and after she didn’t answer him, he decided she was dead and left the scene.

Clark is serving three years of a seven-year sentence for driving drunk. He pleaded guilty in June and was sentenced in July. He will be on probation for three years after he is released.

Clark left a couple witnesses behind Jan. 1.

One of them was Tolman, Clark’s girlfriend, according to a Farmington police report filed with the court.

Farmington police and a Franklin County deputy responded to a report at 1:40 a.m. New Year’s Day that a person had been struck by a motor vehicle and knocked down an embankment.

They located two females who were standing in the entryway of Webber Insurance. Tolman reported the accident to the Franklin County Communications Center in Farmington and was on the phone when police arrived, according to Farmington Sgt. Edward Hastings IV’s probable cause report.

Police began their investigation speaking to Tolman and another witness who has not been charged in the case.

During this time, officer Michael Lyman learned the females were “allegedly” returning to the Colonial Valley Motel from a party on Livermore Falls Road in Farmington, Hastings wrote. The women suggested to police that they saw a boot in the roadway which drew their attention and eventually led them to Gaboury.

Deputy Andrew Morgan drove the women to the motel a short distance down the road.

Lyman and Hastings discussed the women’s statements and Lyman felt they were highly suspicious and their statements deemed questionable, according to the report. Lyman went to the motel a couple minutes after Morgan left.

There police found a damaged vehicle and Clark sitting in a different vehicle beside it, which was Tolman’s car.

Lyman reinterviewed Tolman and the other woman and learned they were in the car that Clark was driving.

“Ms. Tolman is Mr. Clark’s girlfriend and was trying to help conceal this crash,” Hastings wrote.

It was later learned Tolman, who was in the front passenger seat, saw the pedestrian before the impact and tried to alert Clark, but it was too late, according to the report.

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