Cops: Driver in fiery Somerset wreck cited

SOMERSET, Mass. (WPRI) – The driver who police say caused a fiery overnight wreck in Somerset has been cited for several offenses.

A resident on Dublin Street called police around 12:40 a.m. Wednesday after she said a vehicle crashed into her parked SUV. She told police the driver took off.

When police arrived, the car – a Hyundai Elantra – was on fire. It was still running and had the keys in the ignition. Police said officers tried to put out the flames with fire extinguishers but called the fire department when they were unable to do so.somerset fiery crash

Police said the Hyundai was registered to Christopher Hastings, 32, who lives on Main Street in Somerset, not far from the crash scene.

Police said when officers arrived at Hastings home they determined he matched the description provided by the resident on Dublin Street. Officers said they showed the woman Hastings’ driver’s license photo and she identified him as the person she saw running away from the crash.

Hastings – who initially told police he had not allowed anyone to use his vehicle – told police he wanted to speak with an attorney before answering further questions.

Police cited Hastings with leaving the scene of a property damage accident; operating as to endanger; and marked lanes violation.

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