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Driver Charged In Deadly Somerville Hit And Run

SOMERVILLE (CBS) -- The driver accused in a hit and run that killed a woman Saturday night has turned himself in.

Cheryl Pauline Richards, 52, of Somerville, was hit on Mystic Avenue southbound while she was in a crosswalk, according to State Police.

Zewdu Abate Gedamu, 64, of Roxbury, is charged with leaving the scene of a crash causing personal injury or death and a crosswalk violation. Police said his car was found at a South End parking garage where he works as a manager.

Many who walk in the area often aren't surprised by the accident. This is one of the main crosswalks to get over to the shops and restaurants at Assembly Row in Somerville, so there is a lot of foot traffic coming through here. Those who walk these streets every day say it's dangerous to get around.

"Even yesterday, we walked by that one and two cars went through red lights and if we had stepped two feet in, that would've been us getting hit," said Alexandra Lea, of Somerville.

"Going in the middle of the highway on-ramp shouldn't be the way for pedestrians to go to get past the highway," said Andrew Green, of Somerville.

Other pedestrians said they are shocked that someone could drive away from the scene of an accident.

"I think that's really horrible. It was a hit and run? Yeah, that's cold," said Germaine Derron, of Somerville.

Police said the investigation is ongoing and further charges are possible.

Gedamu will be arraigned Monday in Somerville District Court.

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