Family mourns victim of deadly Seekonk accident

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SEEKONK, Mass. (WPRI) — The family of a man killed early Sunday morning in a pedestrian accident in Seekonk is identifying him as 28-year-old Scott Baptista.

Baptista and another man were struck by a vehicle on Oakhill Avenue in the area of Central Avenue just after 12:30 a.m. Sunday.

The other man was not seriously hurt, however, Baptista was pronounced dead at Rhode Island Hospital.

His mother Lisa Baptista told Eyewitness News her son was a very sweet and caring person.

“He was really loving, loved people,” Lisa Baptista said. “It just blows my mind right now, I’m very shocked about it.”

Adam Ellard, Baptista’s uncle, said Scott’s girlfriend tried to get the driver to slow down before the crash.

“His girlfriend was up the street 50-to-100 feet, trying to wave the driver off,” Ellard said. “The driver never saw her or my nephew. He drove right through him, didn’t even hit his brakes afterward.”

Seekonk police said the driver who hit Baptista stayed on scene and is cooperating with investigators. No charges have been filed at this time.

Ellard said the driver should face charges, adding his nephew didn’t deserve to die.

“This would have been another normal night if that driver wasn’t on the street or was paying attention,” Ellard said. “I love my family and I love my nephew and this just can’t stand.”

Lisa tells Eyewitness News funeral arrangements are currently in the works.

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