Man charged in deadly hit-and-run crash in West Bridgewater held on $100K bail

WEST BRIDGEWATER, Mass. — A man charged in connection with a deadly hit-and-run crash on a highway in West Bridgewater earlier this week has been ordered held on high bail.

Juan Leonardo Parra Altamirano, 33, of Brockton, was arraigned Thursday on charges of leaving the scene of a crash that caused personal injury resulting in death, leaving the scene of a crash that caused personal injury, and leaving the scene of a crash that caused property damage after he turned himself in to Massachusetts State Police.

Parra Altamirano’s 2008 Toyota Scion clipped a 2015 Honda Accord as he changed lanes on Route 24 late Monday night, sending the Honda speeding into a concrete barrier in the median, according to Massachusetts State Police. Another car crashed into the back of the Honda, causing it to catch fire.

The driver of the Honda, 46-year-old Erpharo Gilbert, was pronounced dead at the scene. She was beloved by friends and neighbors alike.

Gilbert, a native of Raynham, was on her way to an overnight shift at a Boston hospital when she was killed.

Prosecutors say Parra Altamirano told investigators that he fled the scene of the crash because he is undocumented and was afraid about his status.

Parra Altamirano is due back in court at a later date.

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