NBC 10 News and AP
Published: October 14, 2008
PROVIDENCE- A man charged in a hit-and-run collision that seriously injured a 12-year-old girl has been released after making bail.
Juan Aguirre, 67, appeared in Providence District Court on Tuesday on a charge of leaving the scene of an accident, bodily injury resulting.
He was released after posting bail, which a judge set at $5,000 with surety. Aguirre did not enter a plea.
Police say the victim was struck Sunday night while crossing a street at Manton Avenue and Unit Street in the Mount Pleasant section of the city. Police say the girl was walking when Aguirre hit her and kept going, never even applying his breaks.
The girl's family came forward on Monday to confirm her identity, but her name has not been released because she is a juvenile. She remains in critical condition at Rhode Island Hospital.
Police say there was a witness who gave them a good description of the vehicle and the driver which police then publicized. A North Providence mailman recognized that description and contacted Providence police leading to Aguirre arrest.
At his arraignment Tuesday, the prosecutor asked that his bail be set at $25,000 with surety citing the severity of the crime. Aguirre posted bail and walked out of the courtroom with his family without comment.
Aguirre is scheduled for a Superior Court appearance in December.