Police Seek Vehicle in Fatal Hit-and-Run Crash on Interstate 95 in Attleboro

A woman driving a white Cadillac Escalade is believed to have struck a homeless man while he was trying to cross the highway, then driven off after getting out of the vehicle

A woman is believed to have stopped her SUV after fatally striking a man on Interstate 95 south Monday night in Attleboro, Massachusetts, then driven off, and police need the public's help locating her.

Troopers responded to the scene near exit 1 at about 9:40 p.m. after receiving multiple calls that a pedestrian had been struck, according to the Bristol County District Attorney's Office.

When police arrived, 50-year-old John Gauthier was located in a travel lane of the highway, prosecutors said. Gauthier, a homeless man, was pronounced dead in an ambulance a short time later.

After speaking with witnesses, police believe a woman driving a white Cadillac Escalade struck Gauthier while he was trying to cross the highway, according to prosecutors. It is believed the driver stopped, briefly exited her vehicle and then drove off.

The driver was described as 5'4" tall and about 160 pounds.

Prosecutors said the driver may have exited I-95 towards Pawtucket. The Escalade should have some front end damage and at least one broken headlight.

The crash is one of two fatal ones on the highway Tuesday night. The other one happened on the northbound side of I-95 about 15 minutes later.

In that crash, police said a vehicle went off the highway near exit 5 and rolled into the woods. A 19-year-old Attleboro man died at the scene.

Anyone with information on the hit-and-run crash or the driver is urged to contact state police detectives assigned to the Bristol County District Attorney's Office at 508-993-2016.

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