Suspect identified, truck recovered in deadly hit and run

Gary LeBlanc was killed on New Year’s Eve

Photo Courtesy: Lt. Burns, Palmer PD

MONSON, Mass. (WWLP) – Since New Year’s Eve the Palmer police department has been looking for a light blue 1996 Chevrolet pick-up truck allegedly used in a hit-and-run accident.

On Friday they found that truck in the next town over but not in the condition they thought they would.

The truck was found mangled and crushed buried in the backyard of Christopher Lemek Jr’s home on Bethany road in Monson.

That blue truck is allegedly responsible for killing 59 year old Gary LeBlanc. He was killed at a crosswalk on North Main Street on New Year’s Eve in a hit and run accident.

Lieutenant Chris Burns of the Palmer police department told 22 news they received a search warrant for Lemek’s home.

What they found was that Lemek actually crushed the truck himself using an excavator in an attempt to conceal it.

Palmer residents told 22news this case has shocked their small community.

“My first reaction was omg how could somebody bury their vehicle and to try to not fess up for what they did. They broke the law they should face the consequences,” said Allen Cournoyer of Palmer.

“When something like that happens in a small town everyone knows about it. There’s got to be a reason, whether he was high or low or doing something he shouldn’t have been doing or just not watching,” said Tom Skowyral of Palmer.

Lt. Burns told 22news Lemek has yet to be arrested but he will be charged, among the expected charges is motor vehicle homicide. We went to Lemek’s home for comment but did not receive an answer.



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