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Police Capture Suspect in Fatal Hit and Run Crash

Massachusetts and Rhode Island law enforcement arrested a suspect who killed a 68-year-old female driver in New Bedford, Massachusetts.

James Bennett-Werra, 21, fled the scene after his car crashed into another vehicle in New Bedford, Massachusetts on Wednesday. The crash killed Janet Murphy and caused serious injuries to a male passenger.

Bennett-Werra fled the scene on foot, while a male passenger in his vehicle remained at the scene.

Bennett-Werra is charged with manslaughter, motor vehicle homicide by reckless operation, assault with a dangerous weapon, leaving the scene of personal injury, leaving the scene - death resulting and reckless operation of a motor vehicle.

Prior to the crash, Bennett-Werra was a fugitive for having cut off his court-ordered electronic monitoring device two days prior. He was previously convicted of assault and battery on a family or household member and carrying a deadly weapon. He was ordered to wear a monitoring bracelet after service time and parole.

The Massachusetts Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section and local law enforcement in the area worked days before tracking Bennett-Werra in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

Police arrested the suspect without incident at around 5 p.m. on Saturday. Bennett-Werra was booked as a fugitive from justice by Pawtucket Police and will be held pending rendition to Massachusetts.

Bennett-Werra had three outstanding warrants prior to his arrest on Saturday.

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