Hit-and-run suspect arrested on warrant


BURRILLVILLE – A driver who allegedly struck another vehicle, causing injury to its occupants, and then driving away, was arrested last month following an investigation by the Burrillville Police Department.

Samantha English, 30, of Woonsocket was picked up by North Smithfield police on a warrant from Burrillville for the incident, which took place at the intersection of Sayles Avenue and High Street in February.

The driver of the other vehicle, a 20-year-old woman from Burrillville, told police she was stopped at the intersection when a Black Chrysler struck her from behind. Both vehicles stopped, and according to the victim, the operator told her to meet across the street in the parking lot of Dunkin Donuts, but instead sped off down South Main Street.

The victim was later discovered to have a sprained shoulder from the incident, while one of her passengers had a concussion.

The 20-year-old, who works as a school bus monitor, told officers she recognized the woman who hit her as the parent of one of the students on her route. She was able to provide police with the name of the student, and officers then located English in their database, discovering a Black Chrysler in the area of her last known address.

But when they returned with a warrant, neighbors told police English had moved away.

English was taken into custody by North Smithfield police on Wednesday, June 24. She was charged with failure in duty to stop and transported to 6th District Court for her arraignment later that day.

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