NORTH ATTLEBORO (CBS) – Paul Re, one of the victims of a hit-and-run crash in North Attleboro last weekend has died. Police arrested a Rhode Island man Tuesday they believe was behind the wheel at the time of the crash.
Re, 62, was rushed to Rhode Island Hospital with critical injuries after he and his girlfriend, Joy Saint Hilaire, were hit on Adamsdale Road Sunday. Relatives said Re had a broken pelvis and broken vertebrae. He passed away Tuesday, according to North Attleboro Police.
“It’s too much to handle,” said Marion O’Neill, Paul Re’s sister. “I lost my husband five months ago, and now I’ve lost my brother.”
Rhode Island police arrested 31-year-old Thomas Roy of Pawtucket in connection with the crash a day after police released photos of the white heavy duty pickup truck he was believed to have been driving.
Paul Re’s nieces said he was a loving family man.
“One day he’s going for a walk down the street on a beautiful Sunday afternoon and out of nowhere this happens,” Re’s niece Jill Kelly said. “It’s just a life that’s taken way too soon.”
“We’re glad that this person is in custody because that is what needs to happen,” said Brittany Maloof, Re’s niece.
Roy is being held in Rhode Island on a fugitive from justice charge. His 2015 GMC Sierra pickup truck was seized as evidence.