Prosecutors: Driver had drugs, alcohol in his system when he hit and killed woman

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TAUNTON, Mass. (WPRI) — A Taunton man was held without bail Wednesday after he was arraigned on several charges in the death of a Taunton woman.

Prosecutors say Roland Escobar had taken opiates, two shots of whiskey and smoked marijuana prior to hitting Lisa Rocha on Main Street around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Rocha, 59, was taken to Morton Hospital where she later died.

According to police, Escobar then drove off and hit multiple vehicles on Summer Street, causing his SUV to tip over onto its side.

Lisa Rocha

Escobar, 42, showed little emotion in court Wednesday with the victim’s family sitting just feet away.

Her son, Kenneth Rocha, said he wonders how someone could leave his mother dying in the street.

“Me and my mother were always really close,” he said. “My father passed away two years ago and her mother passed away two years ago and we’ve just had a lot of death and it just hasn’t stopped.”

“I don’t care what his excuse is, there is no excuse, so he deserves to go where he’s going,” Rocha added.

After being treated for minor injuries, Escobar was arrested and charged with 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.

Escobar is due back in court on August 11 for a dangerousness hearing.

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