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Police Capture Suspect in Fatal Hit and Run Crash



    Man Arrested After Deadly Car Crash

    Massachusetts man wanted after deadly car crash, arrested in Rhode Island.

    (Published Saturday, March 30, 2019)

    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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