Taunton Man Charged in Fatal Hit and Run
TAUNTON — A fatal hit and run crash in Taunton yesterday has resulted in a resident being charged with operating under the influence of drugs and a slew of other offenses.
According to the Bristol County District Attorney's Office, Roland Escobar, 42, was taken into custody after allegedly striking a pedestrian with his SUV near the Main and Cedar Street intersection at around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Police responded to the scene after 911 calls about an and found 59-year-old Lisa Rocha of Taunton suffering from serious injuries.
Rocha was taken to Morton Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.
Police said that investigators determined Escobar initially fled the scene of the crash before hitting another vehicle on Summer Street, flipping his SUV.
He was taken to Good Samaritan Medical Hospital in Brockton for minor injuries.
Upon his release he was arrested and charged with manslaughter, assault and battery with a motor vehicle, three counts of Operating Under the Influence of drugs, and two counts of leaving the scene.
Escobar is due to be arraigned in Taunton District Court today.
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