SEEKONK, Mass. (WPRI) — An East Providence man arrested in connection to a fatal hit-and-run was ordered held on $100,000 bail during his arraignment at Taunton District Court Monday morning.
Police say Jeremy Schmidt, 27, was driving a Jeep Cherokee that struck Antonieta Vargas, 37, as she was walking with her 10-year-old son on Newman Avenue in Seekonk Thursday. Vargas was rushed to Rhode Island Hospital where she was later pronounced dead.
According to the Bristol County district attorney’s office, Schmidt failed to stop after he hit Vargas and fled the scene across state lines. He was arrested in Rhode Island around 4:30 a.m. Friday.
During Monday’s arraignment, prosecutors said surveillance video helped investigators track Schmidt down.
They said the Jeep involved in the incident was registered to Schmidt’s girlfriend and was found at the Newman Avenue apartment complex where his mother lives – just five miles from where Vargas was struck.
Schmidt pleaded not guilty to several charges, including leaving the scene, death resulting, negligent operation of a motor vehicle and marked lane violation, according to the DA.
Schmidt is due back in court Oct. 31.