WORCESTER (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) A Worcester man who lost his father in a hit-and-run accident has created a campaign to ensure that the person who committed the crime stays away from the driver's seat.
David Quist tells FOX 25 he spent nearly $4,000 to print 10,000 postcards featuring the face of Arthur Scanlon, the man who served time for the death of Quist's father, along with the words, "Call 911 if you see this man driving." Quist plans to mail the postcards to residents in Millbury and Sutton, where Scanlon has been staying since his release from prison.
According to the Worcester Telegram, Robert Quist died on April 26, 2010 after getting into an accident at the corner of Burncoat Street and Dorothy Avenue in Worcester. Witnesses claim a truck, driven by Scanlon, ran a red light and hit Quist's car. Scanlon reportedly backed up and drove off from the scene. He turned himself in nearly two days later after police notified his family that they were searching for him.
Scanlon was sentenced in May 2011 to serve 2 1/2 years in the House of Correction followed by 10 years probation. He was given credit for time served and released in July 2012.
Scanlon's driving record consists of 25 offenses, including several OUIs.
Quist tells FOX 25 he decided to create the postcards asking for the public's help after Scanlon violated the terms of his probation in December. Scanlon reportedly failed to show up to meet with probation officials. After that incident, a Worcester Superior Court judge ruled that Scanlon must wear a GPS bracelet, refrain from driving any type of vehicle, and use a device that checks his blood alcohol content.
Quist says he reached out to several lawyers and the ACLU to make sure the postcards were legal. He hopes they will draw the attention of lawmakers and make them reconsider sentencing for leaving the scene of a fatal accident.