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Mother Of NH Teen Victim In Hit-And-Run: Officer’s Actions ‘Despicable’

By Michael Rosenfield, WBZ-TV
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MANCHESTER, NH (CBS) – Despite a concussion and bleeding in his head, as well as some bumps and bruises, 18-year-old Dean Drukker is progressing well after a frightening accident Friday night.

“I remember seeing car lights behind me, so I moved over to the side and don’t remember anything after that,” said Drukker.

Dean, along with his friend 17-year-old Noah Hickmann, both seniors at Bedford High School, were walking outside Noah’s home on Harrod Lane in Bedford Friday night when according to court documents, a car driven by off-duty Manchester police detective Stephen Coco slammed into them and took off.

“Even though we all make mistakes and he’s human, it’s just even more despicable because of who he is and the profession he’s in,” said Nancy Drukker, Dean’s mother.

Investigators say Coco had been at a gathering at a house just down the street. The teens had seen him pull out of the driveway which led detectives to the party host who wrote down the five names of the people in attendance.

According to the court documents, when police got to Coco’s home for questioning he said that he had not gone anywhere that evening and that no one else used the vehicle.

But detectives were able to match car parts at the scene with the car in Coco’s driveway.

At his home today, WBZ-TV was greeted by his father.

“He’s just glad that the two boys are doing well,” said Coco’s father.

He declined further comment.

Dean, who’s on the swim and tennis teams, says this could have been a lot worse.

“It was a terrible thing to do, to even run away or hit us in the first place, but I’m lucky to be alive,” said the teen.

His friend Noah suffered a broken elbow. Both boys are expected back in school later this week.

Hillsborough County Attorney Patricia LaFrance tells WBZ-TV that Coco was charged with two felonies of conduct after an accident and each count carries a maximum penalty of 7 years in prison.

Coco, 41, was arraigned Tuesday morning after turning himself in.

He was fired from the Manchester Police Department Monday following an internal investigation.

LaFrance said “we do not play favorites” but she will refer the case to another county to prosecute if it goes to trial.

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