A 60-year old man in Northampton, MA, was hospitalized in critical condition after being hit by a vehicle in early November and is also the subject of a police investigation into a possible burglary at an outbuilding at Wayside Auto Body just prior to the accident.
Police say Paul Gillis was seriously injured in a pedestrian accident and is possibly connected to the break-in that was reported just minutes before the accident.
“We are not sure of the exact circumstances yet,” Lt. Kenneth Watson said of the reason why the man may have been inside the outbuilding. Police received calls about a suspicious person believed to be breaking into the building shortly before Gillis was struck.
Capt. Scott Savino said witnesses spotted the suspect leaving the vacant outbuilding with a white bag in his hand just before the accident occurred near Wayside Auto Body.
The driver stopped at the scene and waited for police. Northampton police have had “several contacts with Gillis over the years,” but declined to elaborate on the nature of those contacts.