• Man accused in fatal Somerville hit-and-run crash appears in court, posts bail


    The man accused of hitting a Somerville woman with his car and leaving the scene was arraigned on Monday.

    The driver,  62-year-old Zewdu Gedamu, of Roxbury, is accused of hitting a woman while she was in a crosswalk in Somerville Saturday night and then leaving the scene. Gedamu posted the $1,000 bail set by the judge.

    State Police say Gedamu struck 52-year-old Cheryl Richards while she was walking in a crosswalk on Mystic Avenue around 8 p.m. Saturday. Gedamu allegedly didn't stop and kept going; he turned himself into police Sunday morning.

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    Richards, who lived in Somerville, about a 1/2 mile from where she was hit, was rushed to the hospital and later died from her injuries. Neighbors told Boston 25 News she walked all the time, and her brother said she's originally from Long Island, New York, and moved to Boston more than three decades ago to attend college and never left.

    Gedamu was arraigned Monday in Somerville District Court on charges of leaving the scene of a crash causing death, and a crosswalk violation. 

    Under the bail conditions set by the judge, Gedamu is not allowed to drive and cannot use alcohol or drugs. He also had to surrender his passport and cannot carry any firearms. 

    He is due back in court on Sept. 16.

    Officials say the investigation is ongoing and Gedamu could face additional charges.

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