PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A Pawtucket woman suspected of driving off after hitting a pedestrian faced a judge on Monday.
Noelia Ortiz Negron, 35, posted $10,000 surety bail after she was arraigned in Providence District Court on a felony charge of duty to stop in an accident resulting in personal injury.
Police said the hit-and-run took place around 7:45 p.m. Saturday night at the intersection of Marrin Street and George Street in Pawtucket. Officers arrived to find the 65-year-old female victim lying unresponsive in the roadway, according to police, but she was conscious and alert when transported to Rhode Island Hospital for treatment. Police said she was listed in critical condition on Monday.
According to the arrest report obtained by Eyewitness News, police say dash-cam video from a witness shows the victim jogging across the roadway as the light was transitioning from green to yellow. Before the woman could get completely across the street, police say she was hit by a green Honda Civic and fell to the ground. The driver of the Civic then sped onto the I-95 North on-ramp.
Police said thanks to the dash-cam footage and eyewitness reports, they were able to identify and track down the suspect’s car at her home a few hours later. Ortiz Negron was brought in to custody, where police say she confessed to fleeing the scene of the crash.
Police also learned two juveniles were inside Ortiz Negron’s car at the time of the crash but say no one inside the vehicle was hurt.
Ortiz Negron was also charged with driving after denial, suspension, or revocation of license. She was also cited for operating without evidence of insurance and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended registration. She’s due back in court on Feb. 3, 2020.