- Associated Press - Monday, May 23, 2016

MERRIMACK, N.H. (AP) - Police say a New Hampshire state trooper who was injured in a hit-and-run accident is recovering at a hospital.

Police say the trooper, identified as Ryan Hickey, was hit during a traffic stop Sunday morning on the Everett Turnpike in Merrimack. He was standing next to his cruiser, assisting another trooper by securing three people for transport. The other trooper was able to provide information on the vehicle that hit Hickey.

Hickey sustained non-life-threatening injuries in the accident, which happened near Exit 10 southbound of the turnpike.

Police say they have a person of interest in mind and have taken possession of the vehicle believed to have been involved in the crash. No one has been arrested. The vehicle is a light colored Chevy Trailblazer with damage to the passenger side mirror and front passenger window.

Hickey has been with the state police for a year. He previously was an officer in the Derry Police Department.

State police said in a news release that Hickey and others want to thank people for their outpouring of support.

“Between the emails, phone calls and comments on social media, the support from our communities has been exceptional,” the statement said, adding that their thoughts have been focused on the two Manchester police officers recovering from shootings earlier this month, and on Officer Ronald Tarentino, Jr., who was fatally shot in Massachusetts on Sunday.

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