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Man arrested for killing wheelchair bound man in hit-and-run crash

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Alexandra Cowley

The suspect in the deadly hit and run accident that killed a wheelchair bound man was turned in by his wife on Wednesday.

"It's incredibly disappointing that somebody would do that and leave a cripple man knocked out of a wheelchair to die in the street," said Somerset Police Chief Joseph Ferreira.

Six days after a hit and run accident took the life of 65–year–old James Moore, the man who police say left him to die, 35-year-old Richard Reis, is arraigned on felony charges.

Flowers grow at the spot Moore was hit last Friday night.

He traveled the street often in his motorized wheelchair and was just a quarter mile from his home when he was hit.

"He was very happy outgoing person always friendly that's how I met him around the complex," said Bill DeMarco a friend of the victim.

"When Moore was hit a piece of the car's front bumper came off and was left at the scene that piece of the car was critical in the investigation," said Ferreira. "That little piece of the grill had identifying numbers on it, we knew 100 percent that that part came from a 1998 or 99 Toyota."

That evidence narrowed down the search, but it's not what led police to Reis' front door.

His wife, responded to a reverse 911 call, thinking she was saving police some time. Reis had told his wife the car was hit while parked in their driveway.

"She called us innocently saying that by the way are you guys coming to look at the car because if you are you're going to see damage to it but it's not caused by that incident in Somerset it was caused by a hit and run."

The arrest brings some closure to Moore's family, but the investigation isn't over.

Police are looking into whether Reis was distracted or driving drunk.

However it happened, one thing is for sure, Moore won't be forgotten.

A picture of him throwing the first pitch at a Red Sox game decades ago hangs in the complex where he lived.

A reminder of the man who didn't let his condition stop him from living life.

(C) WLNE-TV 2013

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