Now that we’ve had time to digest the detail of the police reports, here are some highlights we’ve found:
1. It was definitely a hit-and-run
Early newspaper accounts of Vasi’s accident were unclear whether he was actually struck by a vehicle or if he fell from a moving vehicle or was mugged. The investigator’s notes references broken glass and paint chips, all but confirming that he was indeed struck by a passing vehicle. It’s possible he was dragged for a significant distance.
2. The woman who reported the accident was not Maura.
The “reporting woman” was identified as being 20 years old. Maura was almost 22 at the time of her disappearance. This woman found Vasi lying in the street and stopped her car so nobody else could hit him. Her vehicle showed no signs of damage.
3. The glass might prove it wasn’t Maura’s car that struck Vasi
(or maybe it doesn’t) Probably does.
As “KF” noted earlier today, the fact that glass was found on Vasi’s clothes suggests it probably wasn’t Maura’s car that struck him. Other than the spider crack on Maura’s windshield, there was no broken glass associated with the Saturn. Unless… unless she replaced a headlight. And goddamn it as I’m writing this, are there not spare headlights listed as being found in her car? How common is it to always carry around spare headlights?
As one reader pointed out, if it was a shattered headlight, it would be plastic shards they found on Vasi, not glass. Also, it doesn’t look like the paint chips match. They were red, white, and metallic silver.
4. No skid marks
Who ever hit Vasi didn’t slow down — unless he was moved from the scene of the accident.
5. Vasi was left alone and intoxicated by his friends.
Prior to the accident, after a night of drinking at Monkey Bar, Barselloti’s, and Delano’s, Vasi’s friends propped him up on a railing outside Bart’s Ice Cream and left him there around midnight. Nice guys. It was damn cold and snowy that evening, too. Remember, classes were canceled the next morning, Friday.
6. None of Vasi’s friends are directly linked to Maura, so far as we know.
His friends are identified in the reports, if you look closely. None of them are names known to me as Maura’s friends or teammates.
7. The Amherst police had an opportunity to help Vasi and didn’t take it.
At one point in the evening, 5-6 policemen found Vasi very inebriated sitting in front of the ice cream shop. They did not take him for public drunkeness or make sure he had a safe way home. If you ask me, this is why it took so long to get these damned reports. This case is ripe for a civil suit.
I have seen an unredacted copy of the forensics report. The paint chips found on Vasi’s clothes had “red, white, and metallic silver layers.”
** If you have any information about the person responsible for Petrit Vasi’s hit and run accident, please contact Amherst Police, Vasi himself, or this blog. **