ATTLEBORO, Mass. (WPRI) — An Attleboro man who was hit by a car while crossing the street in the city Tuesday night died at the hospital.
According to the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office, the victim – identified as David Nepini, 60 – was crossing North Main Street, near Peck Street around 5:30 p.m. when a car – driven by Neetu Kainth, 38, of Plainville – hit him.
Police could not confirm if Nepini was in a crosswalk when he was struck.
Police said he was initially rushed to Sturdy Memorial Hospital and later transferred to Rhode Island Hospital, where he died at about 10:45 p.m., according to the district attorney’s office.
As for the driver, District Attorney Spokesman Gregg Miliote said Kainth initially left the scene of the crash, then contacted Plainville police about two hours later. He said Plainville police contacted Attleboro police and Kainth drove back to Attleboro, where police questioned her and seized her vehicle.
In an exclusive interview with Eyewitness News, the victim’s sister said it wasn’t the first time her brother was struck by a driver who fled the scene.
“It was a hit-and-run when he was 16. They left him on the side of the road to die,” Sandra Veras recalled. “So he ended up getting hurt like that at one time, and he ended up dying the same way.”
The driver in the first hit-and-run was never caught, according to Veras, but she was glad Kainth turned herself in.
“I believe she should be punished,” she said. “What, did she have a guilty conscience and she knew she did wrong?”
“I’m sorry, if you hit something you should stop on the side of the road, get out of your car and see what you hit,” Veras added.
Veras remembered her brother as a man who enjoyed cracking jokes. She said he was a loyal and devoted son to his parents.
Kainth was issued a citation for leaving the scene of an accident, death resulting. Miliote said she’ll be summonsed into Attleboro District Court for arraignment at a later date.
Miliote said investigators are reviewing surveillance video of the incident captured at a nearby business and accident reconstruction is ongoing.