ATTLEBORO, Mass. (WPRI) — Police are looking for the driver of a vehicle involved in a deadly hit-and-run on I-95 South Monday evening.
Troopers responded to reports of a pedestrian down in the roadway near Exit 1 in Attleboro around 9:45 p.m.
State police spokesman Dave Procopio said upon arrival, troopers found John Gauthier, 50, laying in the middle of the highway suffering from severe injuries.
Gauthier was pronounced dead in an ambulance at the scene. Procopio said his injuries were consistent with being hit by a vehicle.
Police did not find any disabled or unattended vehicles nearby and are working to find the vehicle involved, according to Procopio.
After speaking with witnesses, police believe a woman who was driving a white Cadillac Escalade hit Gauthier while he was attempting to cross the highway. Procopio said it’s believed the woman stopped on the left side of the highway and briefly exited the vehicle before driving off.
Procopio said the vehicle would have front-end damage and at least one broken headlight. The driver may be a white woman who stands around 5-foot-4 and weighs approximately 160 pounds.
The hit-and-run is just one of two deadly incidents along I-95 Monday night.
Police said the incidents happened within minutes of each other and were roughly seven miles apart.
The second incident occurred on I-95 North near Exit 5 in North Attleboro.
Procopio said a 19-year-old Attleboro man lost control of his Toyota RAV 4 and veered off the left edge of the road then over-corrected, slid across all four lanes and went off the right side of the road. The vehicle then rolled over into a wooded area, according to Procopio.
The driver of the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene, Procopio said. His name has not yet been released.
Anyone who has seen a damaged Cadillac Escalade is urged to contact Massachusetts State Police Detectives assigned to the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office at (508) 993-2016.