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Man killed after being struck by two cars in Fall River

A man is dead after being struck by two cars in Fall River Friday night, and one driver has been charged with leaving the scene, police said.

Fall River police stated they were called to 601 Laurel St. around 10 p.m. for a male down in the roadway.

First responders used “heavy rescue equipment” to free the 47-year-old man wedged underneath a white Toyota Corolla, according to a statement from police. The man was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Witnesses told police they were trying to help the man, who they said had been hit by a black Honda Civic, when the Toyota traveling north on Laurel Street hit the victim again as he lay in the roadway.


The driver of the Honda, Bryan DeSousa, 23, then returned to the scene after the second crash, police said. He was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of a crash causing personal injury or death.

The driver of the Toyota has not been charged, but the incident remains under investigation.

The identity of the victim is being withheld pending family notification.

Anne Steele can be reached at anne.steele@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @AnneMarieSteele.