Warwick police make arrest in hit-and-run case

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WARWICK (WPRI) — Warwick police have made an arrest in a hit-and-run that happened on Wednesday.

After an extensive investigation by the Warwick Police Department Traffic Division, 58-year-old James Pinel from West Warwick, was arrested Saturday.

He’s charged with one count of Duty to Stop, Accident Resulting in Personal Injury/Death.

“Accidents are accidents, but when you leave the scene of an accident you’re showing intent that you’re not responsible,” said Officer Hovsep Sarkisian.

Police updated the public on their investigation during a news conference Sunday morning.

As Eyewitness News previously reported, police were looking for a grey 2014 to 2018 Acura RLX.

According to Officer Hovsep Sarkisian only about twenty of those vehicles are registered in Rhode Island, which helped in the investigation.

He also said tips received on social media and other police departments played a big role: “The resources we have are incredible.”

According to police, 31-year-old Eduardo Amaral was crossing Post Road near the Walmart just before 9 p.m. Wednesday night when he was struck by a vehicle traveling southbound, which then drove off. Police said he was not in a crosswalk at the time.

Amaral was transported to Rhode Island Hospital and remains in stable condition. Police said Saturday’s arrest is welcome news to his family. “They were very thrilled, they were very happy that we located not only the vehicle but the driver,” said Sarkisian.

Pinel was arraigned and released on $2,000 with surety. He is expected back in court next month.

His vehicle is now in police custody.  Investigators said it was found in West Warwick at an auto body shop, but would not reveal the name of the business.

The Warwick Police Department would like to thank the Coventry Police Department and West Warwick Police Department for their assistance in helping to solve the investigation.

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