Seekonk police expand search for vehicle in fatal hit and run


SEEKONK, Mass. (WPRI) – Seekonk police are expanding their appeal for the public’s help in identifying a hit-and-run driver who killed a town worker last week.

Assistant Town Clerk Karen McHugh was walking on Arcade Avenue on January 30th when she was struck and killed by a vehicle which then fled towards Taunton Avenue.

McHugh was laid to rest Saturday morning in a service attended by friends, family and town employees.

Saturday afternoon, Police Chief Craig Mace announced that the police department was taking new steps to try to broaden the reach of their appeal for information about the driver. Police have posted two portable signs with some of the deails of the crash; one of them is on Arcade Avenue and the other is in front of the Dr. Kevin Hurley Middle School.

Several other establishments around town have also posted messages at their businesses.

Police have not been able to positively identify the car which struck McHugh, but based on debris that was left behind they believe it may be a 2004-2005 Chevrolet Malibu, a 1997-2005 Malibu Classic, a 1997-1999 Oldsmobile Cutlass, a 1997-1998 Oldsmobile Achieva, a 1996 Chevrolet Beretta or a 1996 Chevrolet Corsica.

The vehicle would have suffered front passenger-side damage; it is definitely missing its side mirror glass and possibly a marker light or turn signal lens.

Police have asked that the public and in particular auto repair shops keep an eye out for a vehicle fitting those descriptions.

Anyone with information should call the Seekonk Police Department at 508-336-8123. Tips can also be submitted anonymously at 508-336-7027 x9 or emailed to

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