Police Log: Man Charged With Jan. 1 Hit And Run Of Woman

The following arrest information was provided by the Woonsocket Police Department. An arrest does not indicate a conviction.


Woonsocket Police report a driver's failure to stop after striking a pedestrian with his car Jan. 1 earned him a felony charge on Jan. 17.

At about 1:54 a.m. Jan. 1, Officer Christopher M. Bouvier responded to 233 Second Ave. for a report of a motor vehicle accident involving a pedestrian. When he arrived, Katelynn Dethsouvanh, 17, was lying on the front porch at the address, concious but crying, he reported. She and the group told Bouvier that a car had struck her as she crossed the street and left the area. 

The girl's boyfriend described the car as dark colored with a loud muffler. Dethsouvanh was transported to RI Hospital, where she was initially diagnosed with a broken arm and other possible broken bones. 

One of the people in the group threw a bottle of liquor at the vehicle, possible causing a dent, according to police reports.

Woonsocket Detectives were informed by Dethsouvanh's mother on Jan. 17 that information on Twitter suggested Edgardo J. Malave-Roman, 18, of 277 Burnside Ave., may have been the driver. They asked Malave-Roman to come to the Woonsocket Police Department on Clinton Street to talk.

According to a police report, Malave-Roman said he had been the designated driver at a party that night at the corner of Third Avenue and Chestnut Street. 

Malave-Roman said he drove his friends home down Third Avenue at about 1:30 a.m. Detective Justin A. Glode asked if Malave-Roman had hit anything during the drive. Malave-Roman said that he may have hit a snowbank, but didn't think so, according to the police report. He said he had been nervous that evening because his car's exhaust is very loud and may have attracted the attention of police.

Malave-Roman had driven his dark blue Honda Civic to the station, which officers noticed had a dent in the rear where an object may have hit it. 

Glode arrested Malave-Roman, charging him with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in injury.

JoJohnson January 22, 2013 at 10:28 PM
Serves him right! He left that poor girl for dead! And then continued to bad mouth her on twitter so he knows what he did and he deserves to pay for it!
Wendy Guertin January 23, 2013 at 01:51 AM
Good work woonsocket police department!!!!!...keeping bringing justice!!!!
Michael Johnson January 23, 2013 at 10:56 PM
Good job WPD!! Why was a 17 year old child on a street in the middle of the night?!?! Where were the parents ?!?!
JoJohnson January 24, 2013 at 04:20 AM
Also, why did one of the people with the victim throw a bottle of liquor at the car?? Group of 17 year olds out past midnight, drinking.... Hmmm
May January 25, 2013 at 01:08 AM
Love how people never focus on what the serious issue is... The girl is a victim of a horrific crime. That kidEdgardo ran her over with a car and left her there for dead. And u people are blaming the victim and parents. Stop being judgmental. Good old Woonsocket people who dont have all the facts but are quick to say bs about people they dont know. My prayers are with Katelynn and her family. People need to realize, that everyone has flaws. Was she drunk, no she wasn't. Check her medical records. Her parents are great people. I wonder how u people was at 17yrs? Werent no saint, I know that!
April Corona January 27, 2013 at 03:44 PM
She was coming home from a sleep over that she no longer wanted to sleep at and she is 17 not 7
Ber February 05, 2013 at 09:08 PM
Really... Who cares how old she is... When is walking down the dang street enough cause to get nailed by a car? EVER? Get a clue people! Really! Holy cow!


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