Somerset man who used wheelchair, 65, killed in hit and run; police looking for gray Toyota

A 65-year-old man who used a motorized wheelchair was killed in a hit-and-run accident in Somerset late Friday night, police said.

At about 11:43 p.m., police found James Moore, of Somerset, apparently knocked out of his wheelchair, lying on Read Street close to Southway Drive, about a quarter mile from his residence, police said in a statement released this morning.

The car that allegedly hit the man fled, according to the statement. Police in the southeast Massachusetts town are looking for a gray Toyota, possibly a Corolla, with damage to the right front end and right headlight.

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Moore was pronounced dead at 12:55 a.m. today at Fall River’s Charlton Memorial Hospital, the statement said.

Police Chief Joseph C. Ferreira described Moore as a “kind person who was well-known” in town and a regular attendee of police events, the statement said.

“Just a couple of weeks ago, he drove his wheelchair to town meeting,” Police Chief Joseph C. Ferreira said in the statement. “He sought me out and let me know that he purposely came to town meeting to support the police.”

Police drove Ferreira to his residence in the Eugene Murphy Village, a housing authority community, that night.

Further details on the circumstances of the accident are not available, the statement said. Phone calls seeking information from the Bristol District Attorney were not immediately returned.

Somerset police and State Police are investigating, the statement said. Somerset Police can be reached at (508) 679-2138.

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