Pawtucket police believe there were witnesses to hit-and-run death

Pawtucket police believe there were witnesses to hit-and-run death

PAWTUCKET - On March 9, at approximately 1:54 a.m., Pawtucket Police responded to Lonsdale Avenue near the intersection of Beecher Street for a report of a person struck by a vehicle.

Police arrived on scene and located 67-year-old Lauretta Hobbs, a woman police believe was homeless), lying in the street. Hobbs was initially conscious and alert but later died at the hospital. After an autopsy it was discovered that she died as a result of blunt force trauma injuries consistent with being struck by a motor vehicle.

The vehicle that struck Hobbs fled the scene of the accident.

After an investigation, police now believe there was an occupied vehicle containing two witnesses nearby at the time of the incident. The vehicle is described as a four-door red vehicle, possibly comparable in appearance to a newer model Hyundai Elantra or similar vehicle.

Witnesses say the car was parked near the area of the accident and there were two occupants in it, one described as a white female with shoulder-length brown hair and a heavy frame, and a white male with short faded hair, a chin strap-type beard and a thin moustache that was not connected to the beard.

Police are asking anyone with information on this accident, the red vehicle or the identity of the two individuals being sought, to call Pawtucket Police Major Crime Unit Detective Donti Rosciti, at 401-727-9100, ext. 737, or Detective David Silva, at 401-727-9100, ext. 760.