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Van crashes into building; driver flees

March 12, 2012

PAWTUCKET — With the dramatic way the front end of the van was embedded into the cement wall of a North Bend Street building, it was hard to believe that someone could have fled the scene. But flee they did, and Pawtucket Police are searching for the mystery driver who was involved in the two-car crash that took place at the intersection of Cottage Street and Central Avenue on Sunday at around 10:30 p.m.
According to Pawtucket Police and Traffic Division Sgt. Roy Clary, the van first struck a 2009 Toyota Yaris being operated by Elfrid Carcamo of Central Avenue in Pawtucket. Carcamo stated that he had been traveling east on Central Avenue and had stopped at the red light on Central Avenue.
He said that when the light turned green, he entered the intersection and was then struck by a white van which was traveling west on Central Avenue at a high rate of speed.
Carcamo said the van continued traveling on Cottage Street after the collision and it then struck the building at 251 North Bend Street. He said the operator of the van then exited the vehicle and ran away. A witness to the accident verified Carcamo's account, saying that he saw the male driver as he was running off but only from behind.
The owner of the van is listed as Manny's Oil Company of 290 Kenyon Ave. Keys to the van were found in the ignition, but the vehicle was not reported as stolen, Clary said. Neither Carcamo nor the witness could provide a physical description of the operator, and his identity is unknown at this time. The accident remains under investigation, police said.
Carcamo was not injured, but his car sustained damage and had to be towed from the scene. The unique, triangular-shaped building, which contains OMA Hair Designs on the ground floor and residential units on the second floor, was heavily damaged in the narrowed front section.
Because of concerns about structural damage, the Pawtucket Building Inspector was waiting to have the building braced prior to removing the van. As of Monday afternoon, the sight of the van protruding from the building, with its driver's side door still open, was drawing curious onlookers and amazed expressions from passing motorists.


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