Fifty-three-year-old Pawtucket, Rhode Island resident Rigoberto Vasquez is now in police custody. Vasquez was apprehended after being involved in a hit-and-run accident that occurred in the area of 535 Roosevelt Avenue in Central Falls on Sunday, January 17 at around 3:00 in the morning.
Vasquez was arrested by Rhode Island police on Monday, January 18 and was charged with driving while intoxicated, accident resulting in personal injury, refusal to submit to a chemical test, and driving with an expired license.
The pedestrian Vasquez hit was identified as 51-year-old Gary Laramee from Pawtucket. Laramee was taken to an area hospital for treatment, but he unfortunately succumbed to his injuries over the weekend.
Vasquez is currently being held at the Rhode Island Adult Correctional Institute and was assigned a $100,000 bail. A witness to the accident told officers that a vehicle sped away after striking Laramee, and police stopped Vasquez a few blocks away from the scene after noticing that the vehicle he was driving matched witnesses’ descriptions and had some front end damage consistent with a pedestrian accident.