Loved ones remember victim of deadly hit-and-run in Seekonk

By: Rebecca Turco

Email: rturco@abc6.com

SEEKONK – Family and friends gathered at the funeral Saturday of the deadly hit-and-run victim in Seekonk.

“It was a nice tribute to Karen,” said Police Chief Craig Mace.

Karen McHugh, 51, of Seekonk was walking in front of her house on 497 Arcade Avenue around 10 p.m. January 30 when a car hit her and drove off.

McHugh was rushed to Rhode Island Hospital where she was later pronounced deceased. Police say that Karen was the Assistant Town Clerk of Seekonk for several years.

Police say the vehicle left the scene and was believed to have traveled south on Arcade Avenue toward Taunton Ave.

Based on debris found on scene, police believe the vehicle was dark grey and may be a General Motors product. The vehicle most likely has front-end damage, as well as damage to the passenger-side headlight and mirror.

The missing light lens may be from the following General Motors products: 2004-2005 Chevrolet Malibu Classic, 1997-2005 Chevrolet Malibu, 1997-1999 Oldsmobile Cutlass, 1997-1998 Oldsmobile Achieva, 1996 Chevrolet Beretta, or 1996 Chevrolet Corsica.

Signs have been posted around town, urging drivers to be on the lookout for the suspect’s car. “The public are the eyes and ears of the police department,” Mace said. “We can’t do it alone.”

Meanwhile, some of McHugh’s neighbors are nervous leaving their homes. The snowy conditions outside could have been a factor in the accident. “I’m a cautious type of driver and I find it hard to get on the road and drive these days because of the way people drive,” explained Fred Ramos.

Ramos told ABC6 News that Arcade Avenue is a busy street that can be hard to navigate, especially with high snow banks.

“It’s something that I expected on this street because there’s a lot of racing going on and it was no surprise that it did happen,” Ramos said.

Police have been asking local salvage yards and car repair shops if they know about the sedan in question.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Seekonk Police Department at 508-336-8123.

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