Johnston police make arrest in fatal hit-and-run crash

Johnston police arrested Zachary Stamp, 25, in connection with a fatal hit-and-run. (Johnston Police Department photo)

JOHNSTON, R.I. (WPRI) – Johnston police have made an arrest in a fatal hit-and-run that occurred Monday.

Deputy Police Chief Daniel Parrillo announced Saturday that police arrested 25 year-old Zachary Stamp of Smithfield Friday night.

He was arraigned before a justice of the peace at police headquarters and charged with duty to stop at an accident, death resulting, which is a felony charge, and driving on a suspended license, fifth offense. He was released on $10,000 personal recognizance with a court date of August 1.

Parillo said that several video cameras caught Stamp’s vehicle leaving the scene of Monday night’s crash, which happened on Killingly Street shortly before 9 p.m. Monday, as 63 year-old Deborah Saritelli was crossing the street with her son.

Police said the vehicle struck Saritelli and sped off towards Killingly Street. Initially police distributed information on a black vehicle that was seen leaving the area at around the same time, but Parrillo said Saturday morning that it was not the correct vehicle, having passed the spot where Saritelli was killed just before it happened.

Investigators found Stamp’s vehicle – a grey Honda Accord – at his Putnam Avenue home after a tip, and said that as they were executing their search warrant, Stamp came outside and confessed to being the driver. The residence is about two and a half miles away from the spot where Saritelli was hit, Parrillo said.

Parrillo said the damage to the vehicle was “significant” and that Stamp admitted that he knew he had struck someone, but fled regardless.