DARTMOUTH — State and local police today arrested a 58-year-old California man, who had recently been residing in Westport, in connection with the fatal hit-and-run incident on Route 6 in Dartmouth that claimed the life of 33-year-old Westport resident Stasha Lynn Faria on Saturday.

After receiving tips based on a press release issued Monday, police located the involved vehicle, a 2007 Chevrolet Uplander, at an auto body shop in Fall River.

Upon tracing the vehicle back to Natalie Vieira, an arrest was made.

Vieira, formerly of Riverside, California, will be arraigned this afternoon in New Bedford District Court on charges of leaving the scene of personal injury and death, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and driving an unregistered motor vehicle.

Police responded to the area of 653 State Road in Dartmouth early Saturday evening in regards to reports of a pedestrian being struck by a motorist, who then fled the scene. When police arrived, the located the victim, who was already deceased. The victim was walking eastbound along the wide of the roadway when she was struck from behind and killed.

An exhaustive investigation involving Massachusetts State Police Troopers assigned to the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office, Dartmouth Police and Westport Police was conducted, resulting in this afternoon’s arrest.

The defendant is transgender and identifies as male. He calls himself "Nate" or "Marcos."​

Viera was ordered held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing March 8.

--Bristol County District Attorney's Office and Dartmouth Police

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