‘To leave somebody there, that’s inhumane’: Loved ones of Warwick hit-and-run victim speak out

WARWICK, R.I. (WLNE) – Warwick police continue to investigate a fatal hit-and-run that occurred on Airport Road early Tuesday morning that took the life of a 51-year-old West Warwick man.

Donald Boss was struck by a driver around 4 a.m. on December 22. Police said Boss was found in the road in front of the Speedway gas station with significant injuries. He was transported to Rhode Island Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

“I got a phone call from my sister 7:00 Tuesday morning and she told me. I was shocked. We’re still shocked. He’s a kind person, a very good person,” said Lisa McNulty of Coventry.

McNulty calls Boss her brother-in-law and said he and her sister, Cathy, have been partners for decades.

“I could hear from her voice something was wrong and I had just no idea, and when she told me I just said to her, ‘what can I do?’ I didn’t know what to do. I was in shock.”

McNulty said the two spent years as foster parents before deciding to adopt their two daughters, now 15 and 17. In recent years, the couple had fallen on hard times.

“July 2018 they both lost their jobs, you know, pretty much within days of each other. A month later at the end of August 2018, they had a house fire and the house burned to the ground,” McNulty explained. “It’s just been a lot of bad things happening one after another after another, it’s a lot on a family. And then this.”

She said their West Warwick home was rebuilt, and the family was just getting back on their feet until tragedy struck again, just days before Christmas.

McNulty said Boss was the sole supporter of the family, and she’s created a GoFundMe to help her sister continue on. In just two days they’ve received more than $5,000 in donations.

“I am at a loss for words,” McNulty said. “I’ve had text messages, messages from people I haven’t talked to in years that just want to do something to help them. My sister and Donald did a lot with the fostering, helping the community themselves, they’ve given a lot. It’s nice to see that in their time of need people are there for them.”

Warwick Police said whoever is responsible fled the scene before officers arrived. They do believe the suspect(s) and the victim were familiar with each other.

McNulty hopes justice is served soon.

“I’m hoping the police find the person who did this to him. You know, I can understand an accident, if it was an accident, but to leave somebody there… That’s… that’s inhumane. I hope they do realize what they’ve done to the families they’ve destroyed. Totally destroyed. It’s heartbreaking.”

To donate to the family’s GoFundMe, click here.

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