Man arrested after deadly hit and run


WITH THE NEW DETAILS. (JL) THAT VICTIM IS AN EAST PROVIDENCE WOMAN IN HER 40s. POLICE AREN’T RELEASING HER NAME JUST YET … BUT NEW THIS MORNING .. WE NOW KNOW THE IDENTITY OF THE DRIVER WHO IS ACCUSED OF HITTING HER. THE SUSPECT IS 53- YEAR-OLD PAUL NEWMAN — OF JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA. POLICE WERE CALLED TO NEWPORT AVENUE NEAR ROGER WILLIAMS AVE AROUND 8 O’CLOCK LAST NIGHT — FOR REPORTS OF A WOMAN WHO HAD BEEN HIT BY A CAR. WITNESSES TOLD POLICE A RED S-U-V HIT THE WOMAN — THEN DROVE AWAY. POLICE TELL US — IT LOOKS LIKE THE WOMAN WAS IN A CROSSWALK WHEN SHE WAS HIT. POLICE SAY SHE WAS UNCONSCIOUS WHEN FIRST RESPONDERS ARRIVED. SHE WAS TAKEN TO RHODE ISLAND HOSPITAL — AND WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD A SHORT TIME LATER. POLICE WERE THEN ABLE TO TRACK DOWN THE SUSPECT’S VEHICLE — WHICH TURNED OUT TO BE A RENTAL CAR. THEY CONTACTED THE SUSPECT — PAUL NEWMAN — AND HE SURRENDERED TO POLICE LAST NIGHT. WE SPOKE TO A WOMAN WHO WAS PUMPING GAS ACROSS THE STREET — MOMENTS BEFORE THE CRASH HAPPENED. “When she looked she seen the girl go flying in the air, and then she went down on the ground, and the guy just took off.” “It’s horrible, I can’t imagine, I can’t imagine, I was telling the woman you’ve gotta live every day like it’s the first day, you never know what’s gonna happen, something stupid like that pfff.” (JL) NEWMAN IS SET TO BE ARRAIGNED IN COURT THIS MORNING. (JL) DANIELLE AND PATRICK — POLICE SAY THE SUSPECT IS A FLORIDA MAN — WHO WAS DRIVING A RENTAL CAR WHEN HE ALLEGEDLY HIT AND KILLED A WOMAN IN EAST PROVIDENCE. THE SUSPECT DROVE AWAY — BUT THANKS TO THE QUICK WORK OF WITNESSES — POLICE WERE ABLE TO TRACK HIM DOWN. POLICE ARRESTED 53- YEAR-OLD PAUL NEWMAN LAST NIGHT. HE’S FROM JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA — AND WAS DRIVING A RENTAL CAR — WHEN HE ALLEGEDLY HIT AN EAST PROVIDENCE WOMAN WHO WAS CROSSING THE STREET. WITNESSES TOLD POLICE THEY SAW THE RED S-U-V DRIVE AWAY AFTER HITTING THE WOMAN — BUT ONE WITNESS WAS ABLE TO GET THE LICENSE PLATE NUMBER — BEFORE HE DROVE AWAY. POLICE TRACED THAT NUMBER TO A RENTAL CAR COMPANY IN WARWICK. THE COMPANY TOLD POLICE THE MAN HAD ALREADY RETURNED THE CAR — AND HAD TAKEN ANOTHER RENTAL OUT. POLICE WERE THEN ABLE TO CONTACT THE SUSPECT — WHO TURNED HIMSELF IN LAST NIGHT. NEWMAN IS NOW CHARGED WITH LEAVING THE SCENE OF AN ACCIDENT, DEATH RESULTING. When I got here there was a woman laying on the floor and there was a bunch of people like from the houses, cars that parked and pulled over and got out of the car and they were around her seeing if they could help her, I guess. But she wasn’t moving at all. (JL) THIS CRASH COMES JUST ONE WEEK AFTER ANOTHER INCIDENT — WHERE A BICYCLIST WAS HIT AND KILLED BY A DRIVER IN EAST PROVIDENCE. THAT SUSPECT HOWEVER, DID NOT FLEE THE SCENE. NEWMAN WILL BE ARRAIGNED IN PROVIDENCE DISTRICT COURT LATER THIS MORNING. LIVE IN THE NEWSROOM JULIANNE PEIXOTO EYEWITNESS NEWS.

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