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Middletown teacher killed in hit-and-run accident

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SOMERSET, Mass. -

A man was ordered held on $10,000 cash bail Wednesday in connection with a fatal hit-and-run accident in Somerset.

Adam Cooper, 34, was arraigned and charged with leaving the scene of an accident with death resulting.

Court documents showed Cooper said he was "scared and confused and kept driving."

According to a police report, Cooper admitted he had smoke marijuana six hours before the accident. Police said Cooper has a history of reckless driving.

Police said Cooper was driving a black Ford Explorer when he hit Kerri Harrison and her husband, Tracey Harrison, on Lepes Road on Tuesday night.

"You can see that her shoes were probably 150 feet away from where her body was and her jewelry was strewn about," said Chief Joseph Fereirra of the Somerset Police Department.

Police said Kerri Harrison was transported to the hospital where she was pronounced dead. Tracey Harrison suffered minor injuries.

Investigations were able to track Cooper down because the car's license plate fell off on Lepes Road.

Police went to the address the car was registered to and found Cooper's father. Police said Cooper's father encouraged his son to surrender to police.

"It's depressing. You just find out it's your neighbors that were in that terrible accident," said neighbor Michelle Briand.

Kerri Harrison was a mother and a teacher at Forest Avenue Elementary School in Middletown.

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