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Driver in Fatal Pedestrian Accident Charged in Court

Authorities have charged the driver responsible for hitting two pedestrians last Thursday in Springfield, killing one. Police say they responded to River Street around 10 PM on Thursday night to a report of a woman lying on the road. When they arrived, they found that a motor vehicle had struck and injured the woman and fatally wounded a man who was with her.

The alleged driver, 21-year old James Ribeiro, was charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident and authorities pronounced the male victim dead on the scene. The female was transported to Springfield Hospital and later Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center with what was described as serious injuries.

Both of the victims’ families have been notified but Springfield Police are not planning to issue their identities to the public.

Ribeiro was arrested and cited in Windsor Superior Court on Friday to answer the charge. He’s currently being held at the Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield on $25,000 cash or surety bail.

The accident is still under investigation and anyone who witnessed it or has any information, you are urged to contact Springfield Police at 802-885-2113.

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