By Norman Miller/Daily News staff
MetroWest Daily News
Posted Aug 22, 2008 @ 12:21 AM
A Framingham man ran over a girl with a Jeep as she crossed Waverley Street on Wednesday and then drove off, police said.
Jose Cartagena, 35, was arrested at 10:20 p.m., 40 minutes after police said the accident occurred, police spokesman Lt. Paul Shastany said.
A 15-year-old girl was crossing the street near the Chicken Bone Saloon around 9:39 p.m. when a white Jeep Cherokee struck her, witnesses told Officer John Norton, Shastany said.
"The vehicle stopped briefly the operator never got out and then accelerated quickly and fled," the lieutenant said.
The girl, who was not named, was taken to MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham with unknown injuries. Her condition was not known yesterday, Shastany said.
A witness got the vehicle's license plate, and it was registered to a person living at 42 Gordon St.
When Norton got there, he saw a man matching the driver's description walking close to the Jeep. The man, later identified as Cartagena, said the vehicle belonged to his brother and denied driving it.
However, a witness identified Cartagena as the driver. His brother was also questioned, and he said he never gave Cartagena permission to use the vehicle.
Cartagena, of 42 Gordon St., was charged with leaving the scene of an accident, driving without a license and using a vehicle without authority.
Cartagena pleaded not guilty at his Framingham District Court arraignment yesterday. He was released without bail and he is due back in court on Sept. 24 for a pretrial conference.