Postcard mailing targets hit-run driver; Victim's son sends 10,000 cards in Millbury, Sutton.


Byline: Susan Spencer

The son of a Worcester man who was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver in 2010 is asking for the community's help in making sure the man, who served jail time for the crime, doesn't do it again.

David Quist, 50, of Worcester mailed close to 10,000 postcards and distributed fliers to every resident and business in Millbury and Sutton, where Arthur T. Scanlon, 54, who pleaded guilty to the charges, is staying since his release in July from the House of Correction.

The double-sided postcard, in the style of a "wanted" bulletin, reads in bold next to Mr. Scanlon's photograph: "Call 911 if you see this man driving."

A "No alcohol allowed" emblem also appears.

The reverse side of the card outlines Mr. Scanlon's felony charges, his sentence and the terms of his probation. It advises people not to approach or disturb Mr. Scanlon if they see him drinking or driving, but to call the Worcester Superior Court probation office.

The postcards were delivered to the Shrewsbury postal distribution center on Monday and are expected to be delivered today.

Mr. Scanlon's lawyer, John M. Goggins, said, "We're not going to comment on the actions of Mr. Quist, but Mr. Scanlon remains deeply remorseful in this case."

Mr. Scanlon could not be reached for a comment.

Mr. Scanlon, formerly of 271 Riverlin St., Millbury, is serving 10 years probation. He is not allowed to drive a motor vehicle of any kind, including construction or landscaping vehicles; he must remain free of substance-abuse; and he must comply with any suspension mandated by the Registry of Motor Vehicles, according to Coria Holland, communications officer for the state commissioner of probation.

"Quite frankly, I just want Mr. Scanlon to stay on the right side of the law," Mr. Quist said.

Mr. Quist said he learned Mr. Scanlon had a history of motor vehicle violations, including drunken driving charges, after his father, 72-year-old Robert H. Quist, died on April 26, 2010, from injuries suffered when the 2004 Lincoln Town Car he was driving was struck by a 2006 Ford commercial utility vehicle driven by Mr. Scanlon.

"He had 24 `defaults' written on his driving record," Mr. Quist said. "The 25th incident is what killed my dad."

Witnesses at the crash scene said Mr. Scanlon had run a red light at Burncoat Street and Dorothy Avenue when his truck collided with the elder Mr. Quist's car. They said Mr. Scanlon backed his truck up and drove off after the accident. He turned himself...

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