Massachusetts State Police detectives assigned to the Bristol County District Attorney's Office and Taunton Police are actively investigating a fatal hit-and-run incident, which occurred earlier this evening in the City of Taunton.
Investigators are also asking for any witnesses who were driving in the area of 305 Middleboro around 5:30 p.m. today to please contact the Taunton Police Department detective's line at 508-821-1475.
Taunton Police responded to the area of 305 Middleboro Avenue this evening shortly after 5:30 p.m. for a reported motor vehicle vs. pedestrian crash. When first responders arrived on scene, they located the victim lying in the roadway. The victim, identified as Jose Ferreira, 85, of Taunton, was rushed to Morton Hospital, where he was later pronounced deceased.
The driver of the vehicle that apparently struck Mr. Ferreira is believed to have fled westbound on Middleboro Avenue after the crash.
Investigators believe there are other witnesses who were driving in the area of the crash at the time of the incident and are asking them to please come forward and contact police. Even seemingly minor details or observations could be helpful to investigators as they search for the driver.