Centerville woman pleads not guilty in fatal hit and run

Cape Cod Times pool photo/Merrily Cassidy.

CENTERVILLE – A Centerville woman pleaded not guilty Monday in Barnstable District Court to several charges in connection to a fatal hit and run crash Friday in Centerville.

Barnstable Police report that on Friday at approximately 7:50 PM, they responded to the area of Route 28 Centerville near the Bell Tower Mall for a fatal hit and run motor vehicle accident involving a pedestrian.

Officers arrived on scene with COMM Fire Department and began rendering aid to John Pina, 62, of Centerville, who had been crossing the street prior to being struck by a motor vehicle. Pina was transported to Cape Cod Hospital by ambulance and shortly thereafter was pronounced dead.

On Saturday at approximately 3:00 PM Sarah Hunt, 33, of Centerville came into the Barnstable Police Station to report that she was the suspect driver in the fatal hit and run. Hunt then had conversation with Barnstable Detectives and admitted to being the driver during the accident and leaving the scene.

Barnstable Detectives recovered the damaged tan 2000 Toyota Camry used in the accident from the garage of Hunt’s home.

Hunt was subsequently arrested and charged with Motor Vehicle Homicide by Negligent Operation, Leaving the Scene of an Accident after Death and Operating a Motor Vehicle with an Open Container.

She will return to court on February 23 for a probable cause hearing.

The Cape Cod Regional Motor Vehicle Crash Reconstruction Team was called to the scene and began an investigation into the accident. Witness accounts described the suspect vehicle that fled the scene as a light brown Toyota sedan driven by a white female with black hair. Hunt reportedly got out of her car and checked on the victim before fleeing the scene.
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