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Former high school music teacher killed in Route 6 hit-and-run remembered as true inspiration



A man killed in what is believed to be a hit-and-run crash is being remembered as a special teacher.

According to police, on Monday evening at just before 9:45 p.m., the Wellfleet Police Department was called to the scene of a possible hit and run accident involving a male who was lying unresponsive on Route 6 with visible severe head injuries.

Immediate lifesaving measures were administered by officers of the Wellfleet Police Department and rescue personnel from the Wellfleet Fire Department within minutes of the call. Med Flight to Boston was requested, but unavailable due to weather conditions, and the patient was transported to Cape Cod Hospital.

Despite the best efforts of all those who responded and treated him, Tuesday, 59-year-old Jeffrey Richardson, from Brookfield, CT, succumbed to his injuries.

According to those who knew him, Richardson was a music and band teacher at John Jay High School in New York for over 30 years. Condolences began to pour in from former students expressing sorrow concerning Richardson’s sudden passing and stated how he impacted their lives and was a true inspiration. Others went on to say that his classroom was a warm and safe space for students.

This case is still under active investigation by the Wellfleet Police Department, the Massachusetts State Police, and the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office.

The public is urged to report any information they may have regarding this case to the department. Specifically, looking for any vehicle with damage to the passenger side, including the passenger side mirror. Contact Sgt. Nicholas Daley with any information.

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