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Suspect in fatal crash waives extradition

April 1, 2019

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Massachusetts man authorities say caused a fatal crash and then disappeared until he was tracked to Rhode Island several days later has waived extradition.

Authorities say 21-year-old James Bennett-Werra appeared in court as a fugitive on Monday and is expected to be returned to Massachusetts on Tuesday. He was referred to the public defender’s office.

Authorities say Bennett-Werra was the driver of a car that ran a stop sign in New Bedford last Wednesday and crashed with another vehicle. An occupant of that other vehicle, 68-year-old Janet Murphy, died. By the time police arrived, Bennett-Werra had fled.

He was caught Sunday at a Pawtucket home.

He faces several charges in the crash including vehicular homicide. Two days before the crash, Bennett-Werra had cut off a court-ordered electronic monitoring device.