Driver charged in fatal crash in Fall River

FALL RIVER (WPRI) – Fall River police are charging a city man after a crash that killed a pedestrian late Friday night.

Police were dispatched to 601 Laurel Street, near the intersection of Laurel and Henry Streets, at about 10 p.m. for a report of a person down in the road.

Officers found a 47 year-old man wedged underneath a white Toyota Corolla, and firefighters used heavy rescue equipment to lift it off him.

The victim was pronounced dead at St. Anne’s hospital.

Police found that there were two vehicles involved in the crash: a black Honda Civic had struck the man and then fled the scene, and while witnesses were trying to help the victim as he lay in the road, he was struck a second time by the Corolla. The Civic returned to the scene a short time after the second crash.

The driver of the Corolla is not facing any charges, but the driver of the Civic, identified as 23 year-old Bryan DeSousa of Fall River, is being charged with leaving the scene of an accident causing personal injury or death.

Police are not yet releasing the name of the victim.

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