Victim of hit and run allegedly involving school superintendent speaks out

April 11, 2019 12:35 PM

WILTON - Steven Wescott was headed home after grocery shopping with his wife and 2-year-old daughter Saturday night around 8:30 p.m.

"I looked over and saw him coming right at the car. I was like, 'What the?' and then smash," he said.

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They were at a stop sign at the corner of Maple Avenue and Smith Bridge Road when a Jeep slammed into his Toyota. 

"He started backing up right after the accident and so I got out of the car and he rolled down his window down and was like, I'm so sorry, I'm so sorry," Wescott said.

Wescott didn't know it at the time, but he says it was Michael Vanyo, the Ichabod Crane Central School District superintendent, who was driving that Jeep.

Vanyo stayed on scene while Steven's wife called 911. Buthe Westcott says Vanyo left about five minutes later.

"He took off while we were both distracted," Westcott said. "My wife started yelling at him and then we realized the bumper was there with his license plate on it."

That's what Westcott says led Saratoga County sheriff's ivestogators to Vanyo so quickly.

He later learned from our newscast Monday night that he was the superintendent of Ichabod Schools.

"I couldn't believe somebody in that position would do that, especially leave the scene with a family. They're supposed to be overseeing children's education and everything," Wescott said.

Wescott reached out to NewsChannel 13 to make sure the Board of Education knows it's not just "property damage" that was affected but his family could have been seriously hurt.  

"If he had been a foot or two more to the right he would've slammed right into my door instead of the front end of my car," Westcott sa.


Karen Tararache

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