The law that says you've got a duty to stop after an accident doesn't give you a pass if you stop for a little while but drive off before police arrive.
Woonsocket Police likely explained that to Andres Brito-Nunez, 20 of 154 Rathbun St. when they arrested him Oct. 26, at 2:12 p.m. at 645 Clinton St., charging him with failing in his duty to stop during an accident and driving without a license.
On Oct. 21, police were called to the intersection of Clinton Street and Cumberland Street for a report of a motor vehicle crash involving a motorcycle and a vehicle that had driven away from the scene.
Police spoke with the motorcycle rider, Keith Lambert, who was complaining of pain in his right ankle from the crash. Lambert said he was traveling north on Clinton Street in the left lane, with a blue Chevy traveling next to him in the middle lane as they approached the intersection. The vehicle made a sudden left hand turn in front of him without signaling, striking his motorcycle.
Lambert fell over on the street, and the driver of the Chevy continued up Cumberland Street, slowing briefly before pulling over and getting out of the car. The driver approached with a number of bystanders who came to his aid, then returned to the Chevy and left.
Lambert caught the license plate before the driver left the accident scene, and police discovered it was registered to Marina Brito, 154 Rathbun St.
On Oct. 24, police found the 2008 blue Chevy four-door with damage matching the description from the crash. Police spoke with Brito, who told them her brother, Andreas Brito, had driven the car that day and had told her he was involved in the crash.
On Oct. 25, police received a call from Andreas' lawyer, who said he would be turning himself in, but that didn't happen. Instead, police arrested him the next day on Clinton St.