Man arrested in fatal Coventry hit-and-run appears in court
WARWICK, R.I. (WJAR) —
Thursday was an emotional day for the family of 19-year-old Matthew O'Gara, who died in a hit-and-run crash.
The teenager’s loved ones were at Kent County Court in Warwick for the arraignment of his accused killer just hours before attending his wake.
William Fallon, 34, appeared in front of the judge, facing multiple charges. He has been accused of striking O'Gara with his plow truck on Arnold Road in Coventry early Monday morning and leaving the scene.
O'Gara, who had been walking to a convenience store with a friend when he was hit, died from his injuries.
“Walking out on Arnold Road is nothing," said O'Gara family friend Annmarie Smith. "To go to Cumberland Farms? It’s nothing. He lives right there.”
Police released surveillance video of the truck and received hundreds of tips after its release.
Coventry Police Lt. Matthew Blair called it “good old-fashioned police work” that helped them track down Fallon. An aftermarket light bar on the roof of the truck is a distinguishing feature that led them to the suspect, and there was damage to the truck consistent with a hit-and-run.
Fallon immediately asked for an attorney after his arrest.
“(Fallon) had two options -- either turning himself in, or cover it, and he decided to cover it, so he’s going to have to pay for that,” Smith said.
Fallon has several prior convictions, including four felonies on his record. He has a wife and two children, none of whom seen in court.
“It’s a little sad," said Smith. "I feel bad for his children, I really do, and his wife. Hopefully, his wife didn’t know any of this.”
Fallon is being held on $20,000 surety bail. If convicted, he faces up to 25 years in prison.