Pedestrian Killed in Hit & Run Accident on Newport Avenue. Victim Identified:
The East Providence Police Department issued a following statement in regards to the pedestrian hit & run accident that occurred on Newport Avenue on 8/21/17.
On 8/21/17 at approximately 7:53pm, the East Providence Police Department began to receive 911 calls regarding a pedestrian struck on Newport Avenue, near the intersection of Roger Williams Avenue. Witnesses told dispatch personnel that the striking vehicle, a red colored SUV, had fled the scene after striking the pedestrian.
Responding officers and fire personnel located a female victim on the ground, unconscious, at the intersection of Newport Avenue and Roger Williams Avenue. Emergency personnel began administering first aid to the female and she was transported to RI Hospital. A short time after arriving at RI Hospital, the female was pronounced deceased.
Members of the East Providence Police Traffic Reconstruction Team and the Detective Division responded to process the scene and begin a search for the suspect vehicle. One of the witnesses to the hit & run was able to get the registration number off of the fleeing suspect vehicle. The registration showed the vehicle to be a rental.
Further investigation revealed that the suspect vehicle had already been returned to the rental agency and another vehicle obtained by the suspect. Contact was made with the suspect and a short time later he turned himself in to the East Providence Police. The suspect vehicle, was located at a rental agency in Warwick.
The victim is now identified as Maria Raposo, age 46, of Clyde Avenue East Providence, RI
The suspect is identified as Paul Newman, age 53, of Jacksonville, FLA and he will be arraigned in 6th District Court at 9:00 am on the charge of Leaving the Scene of an Accident Death Resulting.