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$5,000 Bail for Man Charged in Connection to Fatal Salem, Mass., Crash

A man charged with being an accessory after the fact in a fatal pedestrian crash in Massachusetts is being held on $5,000 bail after his arraignment Monday.

Twenty-five-year-old Francisco Garcia appeared at Salem District Court Monday morning, and had tears in his eyes when the judge ordered him held on bail.

A pedestrian, who was identified as a 42-year-old homeless man in court, was struck and killed Sunday night in Salem on Bridge Street.

Garcia, who authorities say is cooperating with police, told officers that he didn't see the person and just hit him; however, witnesses told police they saw a woman get out of the driver's side.

Garcia's family and friend say he has no reason to lie.

"I know he's a good kid, nothing was intentional. I know accidents happen," Mike Hampton, Garcia's friend, said.

Police say they also found a cell phone at the scene of the crime that Garcia said wasn't his.

Police don't believe Garcia was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. His family says they believe they'll be able to post his bail.

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