Victim airlifted to Rhode Island Hospital after Rochester crash

Feb 21, 2021

ROCHESTER — Darren Moran, 28, was arraigned in Wareham District Court after allegedly hitting a pedestrian near 144 North Ave. on Feb. 20. 

The pedestrian was transported by helicopter to Rhode Island Hospital in critical condition after the crash. 

The Rochester Fire Department was called to the scene around 1:30 p.m., according to a Feb. 21 post on the department’s Facebook page. There, Paramedics Josh Anacki and Andy Weigel found the pedestrian in critical condition after being struck by a vehicle. 

After the pedestrian was struck, the driver of the vehicle lost control and the vehicle crashed. The driver — later identified Moran — allegedly fled the scene on foot and was not immediately apprehended.

Paramedics worked to stabilize the pedestrian, who had suffered severe lower extremity and pelvic injuries, before the individual was flown to Rhode Island Hospital. The condition of the pedestrian is unknown/ 

According to a police report from Rochester Officer Robert Nordahl, Moran was seen fleeing through the yard of 144 North Ave. after the crash, toward either Taber Lane or Barley Hill Road. 

He was reportedly later seen exiting the woods by residents of Taber Lane and entering a white sedan. Acushnet officers informed Rochester police that Moran’s girlfriend is an Acushnet resident who drives a white Honda Civic. 

Moran was arraigned in Wareham District Court on Feb. 22, and is being held on $10,000 bail.