Driver charged in jogger's hit-and-run death arraigned

Driver charged in jogger's hit-and-run death arraigned

UXBRIDGE, Mass. — A Massachusetts driver charged with striking and killing a jogger and then leaving the scene has been held on $250,000 bail.

Shane Newman, 39, of Sutton, was arrested Friday in connection with the death of 51-year-old Daniel De Lima, of Millbury, who was out jogging Wednesday morning when he was hit by a passing car.

Surveillance video from a nearby convenience store showed De Lima jogging along Singletary Avenue at around 6:00 a.m. about a mile away from where he was hit and killed.

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Police had been looking for a white SUV with damage to the passenger side, the front bumper, the hood area and the front fender.

Newman was traced through debris left at the scene that investigators determined came from a white Cadillac SRX. Only two such vehicles are registered in Sutton.

Newman was arrested Friday, the Worcester County district attorney's office said, and was behind the wheel of a white Cadillac SRX when he was arrested.

A not guilty plea to a charge of leaving the scene of a crash causing death was entered on behalf of 39-year-old Shane Newman at his arraignment Monday.

The De Lima family sent Boston 25 News the following statement:

"He is the most wonderful person we know. He was very loved and will be missed by many. No words to express our pain. Jogging was one of his favorite things in life. He left us doing what he loves. The family appreciates all the love and prayers."

Prosecutors say Newman attempted to have the vehicle repaired out of state.

An attorney for Newman, who appeared to be choking back tears at his arraignment, said his client is "emotionally distraught."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.