Westport hit-and-run suspect held without bail

By Amanda Pitts

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NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WLNE) – The man who turned himself in to police following a fatal Westport hit-and-run will remain behind bars, a judge declared Thursday.

Gerardo Lugo was ordered held without bail in New Bedford District Court Thursday morning after surrendering to Westport Police on Wednesday.

Police say Lugo struck 30-year-old Stephanie Tripp while she was walking on Old Bedford Road in Westport on May 7, before fleeing the scene. Tripp died a week later.

Authorities have spent weeks looking for the car involved in the crash.

Tripp’s family said they’re glad that Lugo turned himself in- But still don’t know why he allegedly took off from the crime scene.

Lugo was charged Thursday with leaving the scene – death resulting, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, and Driving with a suspended license.

Lugo’s attorney, Frank Camara, told ABC6 that Lugo waited to turn himself in so he could get his affairs in order.

Investigators say an anonymous tip led them to Lugo’s BMW that’s actually registered to his brother, and found almost 200 grams of heroin during a search of his apartment.

He’s also facing a drug trafficking charge.

Lugo will be back in court June 4 for a dangerousness hearing.

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