R.I. man shrugged and left scene of deadly I-95 crash, prosecutors say

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The crash, which occurred on Monday in North Attleborough, killed 58-year-old Randall Ricketts of Foxborough.

A person who allegedly fled the scene of a deadly crash on Interstate 95 in North Attleborough appeared in court docket Tuesday, the place prosecutors mentioned he received out of his automobile and shrugged earlier than driving away. 

Randall Ricketts, 58, of Foxborough, was killed within the crash, which additionally left a person in important situation. 

Joseph Pompei, Jr., 50, of Cranston, R.I., was arrested not lengthy after the incident. He was charged with motorcar murder by negligent operation, leaving the scene of a crash, inflicting deadly accidents, and different offenses, in keeping with State Police. Pompei is being held on $50,000 money bail. 

At about 4:15 p.m. Monday, police obtained reviews of a severe crash close to Exit 7 on the northbound aspect of I-95. Two closely broken autos had been discovered there, and witnesses advised police {that a} third car was concerned however fled the scene after stopping briefly. 

Pompei was behind the wheel of a 2006 Buick LaCrosse touring southbound when it collided with a Cadillac Escalade, police mentioned. The motive force of the Cadillac then misplaced management of the car and careened into the median earlier than putting a 2015 Jaguar XJ. Ricketts was driving the Jaguar within the northbound lanes. 

Ricketts was pronounced useless on the scene. The motive force of the Cadillac, a 61-year-old man from Windfall, R.I., suffered life-threatening accidents and is in important situation at Rhode Island Hospital, police mentioned. A girl and a toddler had been additionally within the Cadillac. They had been in secure situation afterwards. 

Prosecutors mentioned Tuesday that witnesses noticed Pompei exit his car after the crash, make a “shrugging gesture,” and go away the scene, NBC10 Boston reported. In accordance with a police report obtained by The Boston Globe, witnesses noticed the motive force of the Buick cease within the median, get out of his automobile, put his fingers up, after which drive away.

A lawyer for Pompei mentioned that he denies hitting every other vehicles, and that he received out of his automobile however didn’t see every other broken vehicles and drove away, NBC reported. 

After the crash, the Buick was noticed by an off-duty North Attleborough police lieutenant within the parking zone of an residence constructing, the Globe reported. Officers reportedly noticed Pompei outdoors of the car making an attempt to alter a tire and making use of duct tape to broken elements of it. 

Police seen white paint indicative of a collision on the back and front of the Buick, which additionally was dented, scratched, and had grass caught to it, in keeping with the Globe

Police recovered a pocket knife and a small container of capsules from Pompei, who advised authorities that they had been ADHD treatment. Pompei first advised police that he was driving from Cranston to Boston to talk with somebody about Pompei’s father, who he allegedly mentioned was murdered, in keeping with a police report obtained by the Globe

Pompei later modified his story, telling police that he was going to a category at a tractor trailer driving college in Pawtucket. Officers noticed that Pompei had “pinpoint pupils” and that his speech would path off right into a whisper at instances in the course of the interview. Pompei’s model of occasions appeared “sporadic” and his statements appeared “paranoid,” police wrote within the report obtained by the Globe.