“He had stopped at the scene and was assisting her,” he said.
Police would not say whether Hamilton was wearing light or dark-colored clothing. It was not clear whether the victim had walked the entire distance from the mall or gotten a ride part way.
A man who claimed to be a manager at the shelter declined to comment last night, citing confidentiality of residents.
If Hamilton were to walk from the mall to the shelter, the distance over the back roads would be close to 11 miles, according Mapquest calculations.
“This is a tragedy for both the driver and the victim,” Prescott said.
It took a long time for police to release Hamilton’s name because they had a difficult time in reaching relatives, most of them who live out of the New England regions, according to Prescott.