Police said Wednesday that a Fall River man admitted to leaving the scene of an accident after he allegedly struck and killed a Somerset man operating his electric wheelchair along the side of the road.
Richard Reis, 35, was scheduled to be arraigned on a charge of leaving the scene of an accident, death resulting.
Investigators said Richard Reis was the driver of a car that struck 65-year-old James Moore on Friday night. Moore was found by a passing motorist who called police just before midnight. He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.
"It's absolutely awful that someone would actually hit him and then run is absolutely atrocious," said Danielle Ferreira, whose husband was Moore's nurse.
Moore, who was known to everyone as "Jimmy", was born with cerebral palsy and traveled everywhere in his chair.
Police said Moore was leaving an event after watching his brother perform as a disc jockey at an event.
Police on Tuesday used a reverse 911 call to notify residents of surrounding communities that investigators were searching for the hit-and-run driver.
"We were barraged with calls starting at 4:45 p.m. (Tuesday) evening," said Chief Joseph Ferreira of the Somerset Police Department.
Police said Richard Reis's wife, Jenny Reis, called Fall River police telling them that her father-in-law's 1999 Toyota Avalon had some front-end damage but said it was hit while parked in front of their house.
Police investigated and that's when Richard Reis admitted to being involved.
"It's a tragedy all around, but I'm very proud of the police work done on this case," Joseph Ferreira said.
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