ATTLEBORO (CBS) – Two people were killed in separate crashes on Interstate 95 in the Attleboro area late Monday night.
State Troopers were first called to 95 south near exit 1 around 9:45 p.m. after a man was found in the middle lane. Police said he was a pedestrian who was the victim of a hit-and-run.
Police have identified the victim as 50-year-old John Gauthier, who is currently homeless. He was pronounced dead while in an ambulance just prior to 10 p.m.
Police believe a woman driving a white Cadillac Escalade struck Gauthier while he was attempting to cross the highway. The driver of the Escalade is believed to have stopped on the left side of the highway, briefly exited the SUV and then drove off. She is described as being about five feet, four inches tall and weighs approximately 160 pounds.
The Escalade should have some front end damage and at least one broken headlight. The SUV may have exited Route 95 into Pawtucket, RI at about 10 p.m. Monday night.
Just minutes after the pedestrian was hit, a Toyota RAV 4 on the northbound side in North Attleboro went off the road near exit 5 and rolled over into the woods. The driver, a 19-year-old Attleboro man, was killed, police said. His name has not been released yet.
Police said their initial investigation indicated that the SUV first veered off the left side of the road, the driver successfully corrected its’ direction and re-entered the highway, but then slid across the road to the right and crashed.
No other cars were involved in the North Attleboro crash, and the cause is unknown.