Mother identifies man killed in Coventry hit-and-run


    Matt O'Gara, 19, was struck and killed in a Coventry hit-and-run. (WJAR/Photo courtesy of Barbara O'Gara)

    A 19-year-old man was struck and killed in a Coventry hit-and-run, police said.

    The victim’s mother, Barbara O’Gara, spoke with NBC 10 News and identified him as Matt O'Gara of Coventry. She has a message for the driver.

    “I just want them to come forward and tell the truth, you know? You hit my son, you left him there, like, please just come forward and tell the truth,” she told NBC 10. “It was an accident, but please just come forward and tell the truth.”

    Authorities said the man was walking on Arnold Road around 12:20 a.m. Monday when he was hit by “a motor vehicle.”

    O’Gara, who lives less than a mile away from the scene, was reportedly heading to a convenience store with a friend at the time of the collision.

    Reports initially indicated that he was struck by a “big” snow plow, however, police said they are “currently looking for a dark-colored pickup truck with an attached plow that is believed to be involved” in the crash.

    Police also said they were able to rule out city or DOT plows as being involved in the accident.

    While the pedestrian was treated at the scene and transported to Kent Hospital, he was later pronounced dead.

    A witness told NBC 10 News the victim and another man were walking in the road when the victim was hit from behind and thrown into the air. He said he saw the victim lying in the road near a snow bank.

    Meanwhile, a friend described the victim as a great guy. Other family members and friends visited the scene to pay their respects, with some leaving mementos in honor of the victim.

    An investigation is ongoing, police said.

    Authorities also noted that an autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday.

    Contact police at 401-826-1100 and ask for a desk supervisor if you have any information about the case.

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