Police ID suspect, victim in Central Falls hit-and-run

Angel Otero, 45, is charged in a fatal hit-and-run on Rand Street in Central Falls. (Mugshot: Central Falls Police)

CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. (WPRI) — Police in Central Falls have issued an arrest warrant for the suspected driver in a hit-and-run that severely injured a pedestrian.

Angel Otero, 45, is now wanted on a charge of failing to stop after an accident resulting in serious bodily injury.

Police responded to Rand Street at about 8:30 p.m. Thursday and found Joseph Sylvia lying in the roadway.

“I heard the tires of the car,” said Jadin Tessier, who lives nearby and was outside when the crash happened. She saw the car take off afterwards. “I saw it going around the corner.”

Sylvia, 65, was rushed to the hospital, where he remains in critical condition, according to police.

“He’s a really friendly guy and whoever would do that to him is really messed up,” Tessier added.

Neighbors who live in the apartment building with Sylvia said he frequently walks a little white dog outside.

“I got very emotional, because he’s a very good guy and doesn’t deserve that,” Kayleigh Beaton, a neighbor, said. “The person who did it should just come forward.”

Police determined the vehicle involved was a BMW and put out a BOLO (be on the lookout) for one with heavy front-end damage. Police said they located and seized a vehicle matching the description a few hours later.

After speaking with several parties on Friday, detectives identified the suspected driver as Otero.

Police say Otero is a Hispanic male with brown eyes and hair, standing 5-foot-7 and weighing around 180 pounds. His last known address is Rand Street, where the hit-and-run occurred.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the Central Falls Police Department at (401) 727-7411 or leave an anonymous tip by calling (401) 727-7420.