Public Assistance Sought Regarding Fatal Attleboro Hit and Run

Bristol County District Attorney’s Office
Thomas M. Quinn III
District Attorney

Press Release
September  17, 2019​​​​

Investigators are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a vehicle believed to be involved in a fatal hit-and-run crash that took place on Route 95 in Attleboro last night.

Massachusetts State Police responded to multiple 911 calls last night around 9:40 regarding a pedestrian who was struck by a vehicle on Route 95 near Exit 1 in Attleboro.  When first responders arrived on scene, they located the victim, 50-year-old John Gauthier, in one of the travel lanes of the highway.  The victim, who is currently homeless, was pronounced deceased while in an ambulance just prior to 10 p.m.

After conducting numerous witness interviews and investigating the incident further, police believe that a woman who was driving a White Cadillac Escalade struck the victim while the victim was attempting to cross the highway.  The driver of the Escalade is believed to have stopped on the left side of the highway, briefly exited her vehicle and then drove off.  The driver was described as being about five feet, four inches tall and weighs approximately 160 pounds.  The white Escalade should have some front end damage and at least one broken headlight.  The vehicle may have exited Route 95 into Pawtucket, RI around 10 pm last night.

If anyone was in the area of the incident, has knowledge about this case or has seen a damaged white Cadillac Escalade, they are urged to contact State Police Detectives assigned to the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office at  508-993-2016.


Gregg Miliote

Director of Communications