District attorney IDs victim, suspect in deadly Seekonk hit-and-run

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SEEKONK, Mass. (WPRI) — The suspect arrested in connection to a fatal hit-and-run is due in Taunton District Court sometime on Friday to face several charges.

The Bristol County district attorney said Jeremy Schmidt, 27, of East Providence, waived extradition during his arraignment on a fugitive from justice charge in Providence District Court Friday morning.

The DA said Schmidt was driving the Jeep Cherokee that struck Antonieta Vargas, 37, while she was walking on Newman Avenue with her 11-year-old son around 6:45 p.m Thursday. She was transported to Rhode Island Hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

The DA said Schmidt did not stop his vehicle after hitting Vargas and left the scene, fleeing across state lines. He was arrested in Rhode Island around 4:30 a.m. Friday.

The DA said once Schmidt is brought back to Massachusetts, he will be arraigned on charges of leaving the scene, death resulting; negligent operation of a motor vehicle; and marked lane violation.

Dana Johnson said he was heading home from the gas station when he saw the incident unfold.

“I saw this car hit this lady and the car continued to keep going,” Johnson said. “The lady was walking with a little boy, so I pulled over to help the little boy and called 911.”

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