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Man charged in hit-and-run on Canal Street held


WAKEFIELD — A Westerly man charged with intentionally ramming his vehicle into a man he perceived to be a romantic rival remains in prison.

Darrel J. Northup, 23, of 7 Maybrey Drive, Apt. B, was charged Jan. 8 with intentionally running down William E. Cossia as he left the Brazen Hen on Canal Street, Westerly, after he and fellow employees of Midway Pizza, including Northup’s ex-girlfriend, attended a company party there. Northup, represented by public defender Thomas C. Thomasian, is charged with felony assault with a dangerous weapon, and with a misdemeanor charge of failure to stop at an accident resulting in personal injury or death. Cossia, 26, was treated at The Westerly Hospital for injuries and later released.

Northup has been held without bail since his arrest as a violator on terms of his probation on a previous conviction in the beating of a local funeral director in 2012. He had pleaded no contest to simple assault and was sentenced to a one-year suspended jail term, with one year of probation.

He had previously been charged with domestic simple assault in another case. Witnesses told police that Northup intentionally drove his mother’s 2011 Kia Optima at Cossia as he stepped off the sidewalk on to Canal Street. Northup’s ex-girlfriend, with whom he has a child, was also at the scene of the incident.

Northup and three other men were charged in 2012 with beating Rushlow-Iacoi funeral director David A. Poisson after he left the Cleats Sports Club Restaurant in Westerly.

Northup appeared in Washington County Superior Court on Jan. 13 where he was remanded to the Adult Correctional Institution and has been scheduled for a felony screening date of Feb. 18.



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