NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — The suspect in a fatal hit-and-run in Massachusetts has been held without bail pending a hearing to determine whether he poses a danger to society.
The Standard-Times reports that 58-year-old Natalie Vieira appeared in court Tuesday and not guilty pleas to charges including leaving the scene of a fatal accident were entered on his behalf.
Natalie is Vieira’s legal name but prosecutors say he is transgender and identifies as male.
Police say Vieira was leaving a Dartmouth liquor store on Saturday night when he struck and killed 33-year-old Stasha Lynn Faria, of Westport.
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Vieira told investigators he thought he hit a light pole.
His damaged vehicle was found at a body shop.
Vieira is from Riverside, California but recently moved in with relatives in Westport.
The dangerousness hearing is Thursday.
Information from: The (New Bedford, Mass.) Standard-Times, http://www.southcoasttoday.com