Two pedestrians killed in Newport last week

In #WALKinPVD, Fatality, Outside Providence, Pedestrian Struck by Jef Nickerson2 Comments

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walkinpvd-iconA 56-year-old Newport man died from injuries Wednesday night after he was hit by a vehicle in a crosswalk on Friday, Jan. 17, according to Newport Police Sgt. Christopher Hayes.

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The driver was cited with failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk and for driving without insurance.

Police said [Sharon Gerlach of Middletown] was struck by a pick-up truck while crossing Bellevue Avenue. The driver, Craig Madison, 64, of Exeter, was cited with failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

Police said sun glare might have been a factor in the accident.

See also:
The Providence Journal: 2 dead in week crossing Newport streets
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  1. “Police said sun glare might have been a factor in the accident.”

    If the driver was driving fast enough to kill someone without being able to see out of the front of his windshield, that was no accident.

    Get it together, Newport PD & Patch.

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    Indeed, ‘I can’t see, so I’m gonna keep driving until I hit something,’ is not a valid driving strategy.

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