Earlier today an arrest warrant was signed by the Honorable Judge Ryan of the Merrimack District Court for Eric Jackson, age 43 of Amherst, New Hampshire. Eric Jackson is facing a single Felony charge for Conduct After an Accident and a violation level offense for Motorist Duties When Approaching Highway Emergencies for striking Trooper Ryan Hickey. Eric Jackson will be transported to the Merrimack District Court for a scheduled arraignment at 1 pm.
Trooper Hickey has been discharged from a local area hospital and will be in attendance at the Merrimack District Court for the arraignment.
The New Hampshire State Police and Trooper Hickey want to specifically thank the members of the Merrimack Police Department that responded immediately to the incident early Sunday morning to assist at the scene. Those police officers were able to immediately divert southbound traffic and allow the Troopers on scene to tend to Trooper Hickey and preserve valuable evidence. We also would like to thank members of the Nashua and Hudson Police Departments as well as Troopers from the Massachusetts State Police who attempted to locate the vehicle driven by Eric Jackson.
Special recognition should most importantly be given to Trooper Jake Wood. During a very brief and stressful incident, Trooper Wood was not only able to render immediate aid to Trooper Hickey, but he was also able to identify the type of vehicle as an older model, light colored Chevrolet Trailblazer and relay this information to dispatch. This allowed other Troopers and surrounding law enforcement agencies, as well as emergency medical personnel from the town of Merrimack, to respond immediately and accordingly. Trooper Wood did an outstanding job of controlling this situation.