Man runs into side of moving bus in Jaffrey Thursday, witnesses tell police

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Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Friday, July 13, 2018 11:10AM

Jaffrey police are investigating the actions of a Jaffrey pedestrian after he ran into the side of a bus on Thursday morning.

August Waters, 27, was found laying face down in the middle of Main Street in the area of the Jaffrey Woman’s Club when police arrived on scene, according to a Jaffrey Police Department press release issued Friday morning.

Witnesses say Waters was highly agitated and was talking on his cell phone when he began running along the sidewalk and eventually into the road, running into the side of a bus that was transporting adults to a nearby facility.

“It’s a little early to say if there will be any charges, we want to do some fact finding,” Jaffrey Police Chief Bill Oswalt said in an interview Friday morning. “There are a number of things of concern, primarily his agitated state.”

Oswalt said the bus driver reportedly never saw Waters. Witnesses on scene say Waters continued the conversation on his phone after he ran into the bus.

“[Waters’] frame of mind is going to be very important,” Oswalt said. “There seems to be a bit more to it.”

Waters did sustain “some degree of injury” according to the release, but the extent of injury is unknown. The injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

The investigation is working to determine the motive or reason behind Waters’ actions, to determine if criminal charges are appropriate.

Oswalt said the Waters did make an attempt to call the police department to answer some questions about the incident, but the investigating officer was not there at the time of the call.

“We’re interested in hearing his perspective,” Oswalt said.

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com. He is also on Twitter @nhandyMLT.