Amherst man in hit-and-run of state trooper played with band at Murphy's Taproom before incident
MANCHESTER — Eric Jackson turned himself in for the hit in run involving state trooper, Ryan Hickey.
Jackson, 43, was playing a show at Murphy's Taproom in Manchester the night of the accident. Keith Murphy, owner of Murphy's Taproom, said that Jackson has been playing at his venue for about seven years.
Jackson is the lead vocalist of his group, Best Not Broken, "the band always brought in a crowd. He's a talented musician," Murphy said.
Murphy also told NH1 News that he was "very surprised" to hear that Jackson had turned himself in, “our dealings were have always been positive. I didn’t think he’d be the kind of guy to flee an accident. But assuming he did, I hope he takes responsibility and I’m glad the trooper is going to be okay. It could have been a lot worse.”
Murphy reviewed surveillance video that he shared with police, the video shows Jackson at about 1:30 a.m. on Sunday.
“I actually went through my video. All indications are he had breakfast at our diner. The video we have indicates he played his gig, ate breakfast and left," he said.
He also said that there is a standing law, based on regulations, that no band members can consume alcohol while performing. “The liquor commission enforces that,” said Murphy.