PITTSFIELD — After receiving a tip from the public, police were able to identify the driver of a pickup truck that hit two people last week, according to officials.

The tip arrived following the crash last Wednesday, when police took to social media to ask the public for information.

As of Tuesday, the driver had not been arrested or charged while the Pittsfield Police Department continued its investigation, Chief Vicente Morris said.

“I know the public wants to know, but, unfortunately, it is still an active investigation and that can’t be released because it could affect the course of the investigation,” Morris said. “It’s a significant crash where there were significant injuries. We want to make sure we are doing the best by the victims in this case, and the suspect, too.”

The pickup was being driven on Higgins Road, heading out of town, just before 8 p.m. Wednesday when it veered and hit the two people as they were on the side of the road tending to a vehicle, Morris said.

The two people are related, Morris said. He declined to identify them.

The driver did not stop and police have described the incident as a hit-and-run.

One of the people, a 61-year-old man, suffered serious injuries and was taken by a LifeFlight of Maine helicopter to Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. The other person, a 69-year-old woman, was also hurt and taken to Northern Light Sebasticook Valley Hospital in Pittsfield.

Morris said he did not have an update on the injured people’s conditions, but believed they were at the hospital for at least a couple of days.

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