A former Fairhaven High School football star is accused of hitting two people with a car and leaving the scene.
William Pires, is facing charges for allegedly hitting two pedestrians two weeks ago at around 2 a.m.
Pires was released after appearing in court on two misdemeanor charges.
Authorities say those are the only charges they can file at the moment. They also say they could file charges against Pires’s mother for alleged involvement in the incident.
The victim, 40-year-old Christine Machado, is in a coma and is listed in critical condition.
"She was dragged for 25 feet. She’s got brain injuries. Her head was split open," said the victim’s son, Seth Machado.
Christine Machado was walking home from a bar with a friend when police say the pair was struck by a car. The driver fled the scene.
The car was later found at a business in New Bedford.
Prosecutors say Pires’s mother, Christine, tried to cover up her son’s alleged involvement in the incident.
Christine Pires allegedly claimed a tree damaged the car when she took it to an auto repair shop. The owner did not believe the claim and contacted police.
"I was looking at the car and I just knew this was not a tree branch. There was no doubt in my mind," said auto shop owner Arthur Glassman.
Authorities also recovered text messages from Christine Pires’s phone revealing she had searched the words "fairhaven hit and run" online on the night of the crash. That search linked to a news story about the crash.
The victim’s brother, Michael Machado, was angry about the mother’s alleged involvement.
"What kind of parent raises their child to leave two people … on the side of the road," said Michael Machado.
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