DA: Alleged fatal hit-run driver swerved across lanes, tried to destroy evidence
An East Boston man had bail set at $25,000 today at his arraignment on charges he drove into a Revere pedestrian early yesterday, then sped away.
According to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office, a witness who had stopped at the same gas station as Ravida watched Ravida hit and kill Sothany Pen as she was walking home from work shortly before 6 a.m. yesterday:
[Assistant District Attorney Megan] O'Rourke said the witness recounted Ravida cutting across multiple lanes of traffic and then colliding with something in the area of 335 Lee Burbank Highway. The witness stopped and saw a young woman lying unresponsive in the road. Ravida, meanwhile, used the nearby turnaround and began heading south. The witness tried to flag him down to no avail.
The DA's office reports that when investigators showed up at Ravida's home with a search warrant and opened the door to his garage:
They were met by the strong odor of bleach, as if it had been used on the vehicle in the very recent past.
Prosecutors say that in an interview with investigators, Ravida admitted hitting something, but said he didn't know what - and that when he got home, he got out some tools to try to pound out dents to the SUV's front end.