Somerset man charged in fatal hit-and-run


BOSTON ( -- A 34-year-old Somerset man is facing charges for his alleged connection to a fatal hit-and-run in Somerset.

Adam Cooper, of Somerset, is charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death.

Investigators accuse Cooper of hitting 35-year-old Kerri Harrison and her husband on Lepes Road at about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. Harrison was forced onto the hood of the Cooper's car, which continued traveling.  died as a result of her injuries. Harrison was a third grade teacher at Forest Avenue School in Middletown, R.I.

Police recovered a license plate at the scene, which they traced back to Cooper. Approximately 45 minutes after the crash, he turned himself in.

Court proceedings Wednesday revealed that Cooper has a lengthy criminal record in both Massachusetts and Rhode Island. He has a prior history of two marijuana possessions, as well as a charge of operating under the influence.

While at the elementary school where Harrison taught the third grade, staff, parents, and especially students -- are devastated over the loss.

"Kerri had a knack for bringing out the very best in every student. She was able to find his or her spark," said Middletown school superintendent Rosemarie Kraeger.

A State police accident reconstruction team is still investigating and have seized Cooper's cell phone and car, and more charges could be pending. If convicted, he faces anywhere from one to 10 years in state prison if convicted. In addition to her husband, Harrison also leaves behind a young daughter.