Driver wanted for fatal hit-and-run arrested

By News Staff 


Twitter: @ABC6

PAWTUCKET, R.I (WLNE) – According to Massachusetts State Police, James Bennett-Werra, a suspect in a fatal hit-and-run, has been arrested. 

Bennett-Werra was located inside a Pawtucket residence around 5:00 p.m on Saturday. He was booked at the Pawtucket, RI Police Department and is being held awaiting rendition to Massachusetts. 

Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office were investigating a crash that killed a 68-year-old New Bedford woman, driving a Toyota Corolla on Wednesday morning. The victim is identified as Janet Murphy 

According to police, the crash happened at the intersection of Ashley Boulevard and Tallman Street. 

A second victim, identified at 38-year-old Kyle Murphy, was extricated from the vehicle and was sent to Rhode Island Hospital in critical condition.

As of Monday, Kyle Murphy is in “good condition.” 

Police say it is believed that the second vehicle involved in the crash was a Chevy Malibu containing two occupants. One occupant stayed on scene, and the second occupant, Bennett-Werra was believed to have fled. 

Charges issued out of New Bedford District Court for Bennett-Werra are; Manslaughter, Motor Vehicle Homicide by Reckless Operation, Assault with a Dangerous Weapon, Leaving the Scene of Personal Injury, Leaving the Scene Death Resulting, and Reckless operation. 

It was also believed that Bennett-Werra was wanted for removing his court ordered electronic monitoring device, as he was on probation out of Bristol Superior Court and also on parole.