East Providence Police update weekend hit-and-run, dead body cases

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EAST PROVIDENCE — It was another hectic weekend for the East Providence Police Department as investigators looked into a pair of serious cases involving a hit-and-run accident and the discovery of a dead body in the upper reaches of Narragansett Bay.

The male corpse was found by a passer-by walking on the East Bay Bike Path on the grounds of the Squantum Association off Memorial Parkway early Sunday morning, Dec. 9. EPPD Detective Captain Richard Frazier said an autopsy planned on the body by the State Medical Examiner's Office was postponed a day to Tuesday, Dec. 11.

Capt. Frazier said investigators are hopeful to learn the person's identity and notify next of kin in the coming days. Investigators are working all leads, including the possibility the person committed suicide by jumping from the I-Way Bridge on Interstate 195.

Antonio DaSilva, 22 and of Waterman Avenue in city, turned himself in to the East Providence Police at approximately 1:45 p.m. Saturday afternoon, Dec. 8, following his involvement as the driver in a hit-and-run accident earlier the same morning in the Six Corners section of Taunton Avenue.

The suspect vehicle was located at the residence of Mr. DaSilva and was seized as evidence.

The victim in the accident has been identifed as 51-year-old city resident Paul Pereira. Mr. Pereira sustained multiple broken bones to his lower extremities and serious head injuries. He was transported to Rhode Island Hospital and is in stable condition as of Monday afternoon, Dec. 10, according to EPPD Traffic Division Sergeant Michael Grant.

Also, Justin Thomas, 25 and of 120 Beechwood Ave., Pawtucket, had a bail hearing scheduled Monday, Dec. 11, for his role in the armed robbery attempt of the Domino's Pizza Parlor on Pawtucket Avenue, Nov. 24.

Mr. Thomas was charged with 12 felony counts, including use of a firearm while committing a crime of violence, and two other misdemeanors. He was arraigned and has been held at the Adult Correctional Institution in Cranston since the incident took place. Capt. Frazier said considering the severity of the charges it is unlikely Mr. Thomas would be granted bail.

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