A 27-year-old East Providence driver who allegedly fled Thursday evening after striking and killing a Seekonk woman walking with her son was arrested in Rhode Island early Friday, according to the Bristol district attorney’s office.
Jeremy Schmidt of East Providence was arrested around 4:30 a.m. in Providence by Rhode Island State Police, the district attorney’s office said in a statement. He allegedly struck Antonieta Vargas, 37, of Seekonk while she was walking with her 11-year-old son near 893 Newman Ave. in Seekonk around 6:46 p.m., then fled the scene, according to the statement.
“The suspect did not stop his vehicle, a Jeep Cherokee, after the crash and fled across the state line after striking the victim,” the statement said.
A passerby stopped to help Vargas until first responders arrived, according to the district attorney’s office.
Vargas was taken to Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, where she was pronounced dead, the district attorney’s office said.
Seekonk police, Massachusetts State Police, Rhode Island State Police, and the Bristol district attorney’s office are investigating the crash, the statement said.
Schmidt waived rendition in Rhode Island and is scheduled to be arraigned on charges connected to the crash in Taunton District Court on Monday, not Friday afternoon as previously announced, the district attorney’s office tweeted.
He has been charged with leaving the scene resulting in death, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, and a marked lanes violation, the district attorney’s office said.