On January 5, 2018 at approximately 7:50 p.m. the Barnstable Police responded to the area of Route 28 Centerville near the Bell Tower Mall for a fatal hit and run motor vehicle accident involving a pedestrian.
Officers arrived on scene with COMM Fire Department and began rendering aid to John Pina, a 62 year old Centerville resident, who had been crossing the street prior to being struck by a motor vehicle. Pina was transported to Cape Cod Hospital by ambulance and shortly thereafter was pronounced dead.
The Cape Cod Regional Motor Vehicle Crash Reconstruction Team was called to the scene and began an investigation into the accident. Witness accounts described the suspect vehicle that fled the scene as a light brown Toyota sedan driven by a white female with black hair. The female reportedly got out of her car and checked on the victim before fleeing the scene.
On Saturday January 6 at approximately 3:00 pm Sarah Hunt, a 33 year old resident of Centerville came into the Barnstable Police Station to report that she was the suspect driver in the fatal hit and run. Hunt then had conversation with Barnstable Detectives and admitted to being the driver during the accident and leaving the scene. Barnstable Detectives recovered the damaged tan 2000 Toyota Camry used in the accident from the garage of Hunt’s home.
Hunt was subsequently arrested and charged with Motor Vehicle Homicide by Negligent Operation, Leaving the Scene of an Accident after Death and Operating a Motor Vehicle with an Open Container. Hunt was bailed on personal recognizance and is scheduled to be arraigned in Barnstable District Court on Monday January 8, 2018.