A Verizon worker on strike was struck by a hit-and-run driver in Boylston on Tuesday.
According to Boylston Police, around 8:05 a.m. they received two anonymous phone calls reporting a crash involving a truck and a picketer.
This is the second time a worker has been struck while striking this month.
Anthony Davenport, 48 of Holden, was picketing at the Verizon facility on Shrewsbury Street when he was struck by a contractor truck.
Police said Davenport was transported to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester and suffered non-life threatening injuries.
The driver of the truck, Kevin Goodale, 37 of Bethel, Vermont, was driving a 1999 Kenworth pole digging truck owned by Verizon contractor Eustis Cable Enterprises Limited of Brookfield, Vermont.
After hitting Davenport, Goodale left the scene after taking a co-worker’s car, police said.
After voluntarily returning to the site of the crash, Goodale was arrested and transported to the Boylston Police Station, where he was charged with leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, operation with a suspended driver’s license, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
He was arraigned at Clinton District Court and held on $5,000 bail. His attorney said in court the protesters were the ones who were being aggressive.
Prosecutors disagreed, saying he was driving on a suspended license.
He is set to return to court on June 2.
(Copyright (c) 2021 Sunbeam Television. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)