Fascendini Enters ‘Not Guilty’ Plea in Fatal February Hit-and-Run
The Plainville man, accused in a Feb. 12 accident that claimed the life of Yan Qiao “Joanne” Chen and critically injured two others, is claiming he is not guilty to charges related to the hit and run accident.
A 46-year-old Plainville man and his defense attorneys are fighting charges
stemming from a police investigation that revealed he was involved in a
hit-and-run accident on Queen Street that killed one and critically injured two
Court officials confirmed Tuesday afternoon that Edward Fascendini has entered
a not guilty plea to charges stemming from the Feb. 12 accident. The Plainville
man appeared only briefly in Bristol Superior Court before entering the plea
through his lawyer.
Fascendini, of Whiting Street in Plainville, is facing charges of misconduct
with a motor vehicle, a class D felony, and three separate counts of evading
responsibility in an accident.
Yang and Huai have since been released from the hospital but are continuing to
recover from their injuries, police said.
According to a police report, the three women were walking south along Queen
Street after leaving their jobs at Gobi Mongolian Grill when Fascendini
allegedly struck them with his white Dodge pickup truck. He proceeded to flee
the scene, police said, heading north along Queen Street and leaving the women
lying in the roadway.
Police initially had no leads after conducting several interviews with
motorists, but a tip eventually helped move the case in the right direction.
Forensic evidence led police to obtain a warrant for search and seizure and
eventually led to Fascendini’s arrest.
Fascendini remains in state custody. He was on parole at the time of his
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