TAUNTON, Mass. (WPRI) — A Taunton man accused of hitting and killing a woman with his SUV Tuesday afternoon is now facing a series of charges including manslaughter and operating under the influence of drugs.
Taunton police said they responded around 4:30 p.m. to a report of an erratic driver who hit a pedestrian on Main Street in the area of Cedar Street.
The victim, later identified as Lisa Rocha, 59, of Taunton, was found suffering from serious injuries. She was rushed to Morton Hospital where she died.
The driver, identified as Roland Escobar, 42, allegedly sped off afterward then collided with another vehicle on nearby Summer Street, causing his SUV to tip over onto its passenger side.
Police said Escobar was taken to Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton with minor injuries.
Once he was medically cleared, he was arrested on charges of manslaughter, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (motor vehicle), operating while under the influence of drugs (felony homicide), operating while under the influence of drugs resulting in death, operating while under the influence of drugs (second offense), leaving the scene resulting in death, and leaving the scene resulting in property damage, according to the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office.
Escobar will be held overnight and arraigned in court Wednesday.