WARWICK – The Charlestown man accused of escaping a New Year’s Day accident that killed a teenage boy in East Greenwich cried on his first court hearing on Tuesday.
Aramis Segura, 30, of 5151 Old Post Rd., Slumped and leaned on a stick as Superior Court Judge Melissa E. Darigan ordered him to be bailed as a suspected probation violation on previous burglary charges and burglary, as well as possession of a stolen automobile, and conspiracy.
Assistant Attorney General John Corrigan moved to detain Segura based on his 2010 “substantial” criminal record, which included charges of shoplifting, stolen goods and third-degree sexual assault, equivalent to legal rape.
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Also, Corrigan said, Segura escaped with the help of his girlfriend from the scene of the accident that killed 17-year-old Olivia Passaretti before he was found under his bed hours later by Rhode Island State Police.
Screams underscored Segura’s appearance before District Court judge Christine S. Jabour, where Segura cried again when he gave his name, address and date of birth.
“You killed my little girl,” shouted Passaretti’s stepfather Dennis Molloy when Segura was being taken away.
Segura’s supporters shouted in Spanish, one shouted, “I love you.”
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When he was indicted in front of Jabour, no appeals were made on behalf of Segura, as is common in Rhode Island crimes. He is charged with leaving the scene of the accident, which resulted in death; Driving in danger of death; Obstruction of justice; and operating under a suspended license.
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A state trooper revealed more details about the crash just before 1 a.m. on Route 95 South Saturday. Authorities claimed they found corona bottles and a strong marijuana smell in the Mercedes Segura was driving at high speed before she cut off the back of the Nissan sedan that Passaretti was driving and spun it before she drove down an embankment, a tree and turned around.
Witnesses told officers who responded to the scene that they saw a man run out of the Mercedes into the forest line only to return to retrieve some personal items and flee again, police said. Segura drove to East Greenwich, where he asked to borrow a cell phone.
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Passaretti, a popular junior and athlete at East Greenwich High School, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Mercedes was not registered; the license plates belonged to a Toyota instead, police said. Segura’s friend, who did not identify her, told officers she hadn’t seen him for two weeks before he was discovered hiding under a bed, they said.
Segura told police he drank three beers and smoked marijuana before the collision, authorities said.
He remains detained in adult prisons.