Victim of hit-and-run crash identified as Burrillville man

Uxbridge hit-and-run victim Zack Sparadeo and his girlfriend, Kimberly Lonardo. Photo courtesy Kimberly Lonardo.

UXBRIDGE, Mass. (WPRI) – A nighttime walk down a familiar street took an unexpectedly terrifying turn for a mother and son Friday night.

“A vehicle swerved and smacked into Zack — threw Zack about 15 feet,” said Kimberly Lonardo, the girlfriend of 19-year-old Zack Sparadeo of Burrillville.

Police in Uxbridge said Sparadeo was struck by a hit-and-run driver just before 9 p.m. Friday.

Reached by phone Sunday at the hospital where Sparadeo is recovering, Lonardo said Sparadeo was walking down Quaker Highway with his mother toward their home when he was hit.

“Zack smacked into a pole, broke the pole in half,” Lonardo said. “Zack tried to get up, realized he couldn’t and fell a couple feet down the hill.”

The driver who hit Sparadeo didn’t stop, and as of Sunday night police were still on the lookout for a black car or SUV with possible damage to the front end and windshield.

“It’s disgusting,” said Lonardo when asked how she feels about the driver still being at large.

“Please just come forward,” she implored the driver. “Just tell us. [Zack] deserves that. He deserves that justice and that comfort because I think that’s what’s bothering him the most right now.”

Sparadeo was taken by medical helicopter from the scene of the crash to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester. Lonardo said since Friday, Sparadeo has undergone two surgeries and may need a third. She said he has lacerations to his liver and lungs, internal bruising and bleeding, and a fractured pelvis.

Lonardo said Sparadeo lacks medical insurance, so she’s set up a GoFundMe page to help cover his medical expenses.