Fall River man arrested in fatal hit and run in Somerset

SOMERSET — A Fall River man is facing charges after a hit and run crash Friday in Somerset that killed a 65-year-old man who was crossing the street in his electric wheelchair, Somerset police said today.

Police arrested Richard Reis, 35, this morning after his wife responded to a reverse 911 call and told police that Reis’s father owned a car matching the description of the one that struck and killed James Moore of Somerset, Police Chief Joseph C. Ferreira told reporters.

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After interviewing Reis, police charged him with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death, Ferreira said. Reis was to be arraigned today in Fall River District Court.

Ferreira said Reis told investigators that he worked until 11 p.m. Friday and was in Somerset to watch the end of the Bruins game. After hitting Moore, he said, Reis initially stopped before fleeing.

“Mr. Reis initially stopped at the scene and left immediately after speaking to the occupants of a car behind him who stopped to assist Mr. Moore,” Ferreira said.

Police found Moore at 11:43 p.m., apparently knocked out of his wheelchair, lying on Read Street close to Southway Drive, about a quarter mile from his residence.

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