Providence councilwoman pleads not guilty in hit-and-run crash


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Providence City Councilwoman Carmen Castillo appeared in court Tuesday on a misdemeanor charge following a hit-and-run crash.

She pleaded not guilty to one count of leaving the scene of an accident with an attended vehicle.

The crash occurred on Broad Street just before 10 p.m. on July 4, according to the police report.

The other driver told police he was in the breakdown lane and attempted to re-enter the travel lane heading south when a silver SUV collided with the rear of his car then side-swiped it on the driver’s side.

The SUV did not stop and “fled southbound on Broad Street,” the report said. The driver gave officers the its license plate number, which police listed on the initial report as registered to Castillo.

Castillo turned herself in the morning of July 6.

A judge released her on personal recognizance and a pre-trial conference has been set for Oct. 12.

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