Greater City Providence

ProJo: Trying to avoid Providence police, van driver hits pedestrian, flips van

walkinpvd-iconA 45-year-old Providence man faces charges after, in an attempt to evade police, he sped away, hit a pedestrian and rolled over his minivan, before taking off toward a gentleman’s club on foot, police said.

Michael Robinson, 45, is to be arraigned in Providence District Court Wednesday morning on several charges, including operating a vehicle without a license, and duty to stop in an accident resulting in personal injury, according to a police report provided by Major Thomas Verdi.


Robinson allegedly sped down Broadway “in an aggressive manner.” He then turned left onto Dave Gavitt Way and hit 29-year-old Ryan Karpuska, but kept going, according to the report.

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  • Contrary to many of the #walk posts on this site, on the face this case doesn’t appear to be about poor design or enforcement. This is a very sad case of a reckless driver trying to evade the police.

    Even the best planned pedestrian amenities aren’t useful if you have drivers behaving this way.

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