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Police: Man in wheelchair killed in hit-and-run

June 15, 2013

SOMERSET, Mass. (AP) — Police are looking for a motorist who fled a crash in Somerset that killed a man in a wheelchair.

Authorities say the hit-and-run happened around 11:43 p.m. Friday on Read Street near Southway Drive.

Investigators said at first that the suspect’s vehicle could be a gray Toyota, possibly a Corolla with damage to its right front end.

Later Saturday, they said further investigation led them to focus on finding a Toyota Avalon manufactured between 1997 and 1999.

Authorities identified the deceased as 65-year-old local resident James Moore, who lived about a quarter-mile from the crash scene.

Somerset Police Chief Joseph Ferreira called him a kind, well-known man who recently sought him out a town meeting to say he supported the police.

Local and state police are investigating the crash together.

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