Seekonk Fatal Hit and Run Defendant Held on $100,000 Cash bail

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SEEKONK, MASS (WLNE) – 27-year-old East Providence resident, Jeremy Schmidt appeared in court today for his connection with a fatal hit and run crash that occurred in Seekonk on Thursday, where he was ordered held on $100,000 cash bail. 

The Bristol County District Attorney’s Office said Seekonk police responded to the area of 893 Newman Avenue on Thursday night around 6:46 pm for a reported hit and run incident involving a pedestrian. 

When responders arrived, they found a male passerby rendering aid to the victim, identified as 37-year-old Seekonk resident, Antonieta Vargas.  

Vargas was then rushed to Rhode Island Hospital, where she was later pronounced deceased. 

The District Attorney’s office said Vargas was walking down Newman Avenue with her 10-year-old son before she was struck. 

Schmidt allegedly did not stop his vehicle after the crash and fled across the state line after striking Vargas. 

The case continues to be investigated by Massachusetts State Police Detectives assigned to this office, prosecutor, Seekonk Police, and Rhode Island State Police.

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