Man charged after a hit and run leaves pedestrian seriously injured


West Warwick Police tell NBC 10 a 21-year old man has been charged after allegedly hitting a pedestrian and fleeing the scene. The incident happened early Saturday morning at the intersection of Pulaski and Manchester Streets in West Warwick.

Officials say the victim is a 43-year old man from West Warwick.

He was walking with two friends on Pulaski street just after 4:30 am when a car struck him from the back, sending him through a windshield. The victim sustained a serious head injury and was rushed to Rhode Island Hospital.

Police responded to the scene and canvased the area. Just after 5:30 am, an officer found a vehicle with a damaged windshield on a side street not too far from the scene of the accident.

Investigators approached the owner of the car. The owner soon after admitted to officials that he was behind the wheel of the car that hit the victim.

The suspect was taken by police and charged leaving the scene and personal injury among others.

He was arraigned this morning and is expected to appear in court on September 14th.

It is unclear if alcohol or drugs played a role in the crash. Det. Sgt. Stephen Vannini tells NBC 10 this incident is under active investigation.

Stay with NBC 10 as we continue to monitor this developing story.

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