Greater City Providence

ProJo: Grandmother killed by hit-and-run driver in Providence

walkinpvd-iconA 74-year-old grandmother was killed by a hit-and-run driver Sunday evening while she was crossing the street with her 31-year-old granddaughter, on Broadway near the intersection with Marshall Street, the police said.

The police are seeking a newer-model, black SUV — either a Cherokee or an Explorer, Providence Police Lt. Richard Fernandes said.

[Lt. Fernandes] doesn’t know yet whether they were in a crosswalk when they were struck around 5:05 p.m.

If she was crossing Broadway, there is not a crosswalk at Marshall Street, pedestrians are expected to walk a block in either direction so as not to interupt the free flow of automobile traffic.

Jef Nickerson

Jef is Greater City Providence's co-founder, editor, and publisher. He grew up on Cape Cod and lived in Boston; Portland, Maine; and New York before settling in Providence. In addition to urbanism, Jef is interested in art, design, and ice cream. Please feel free to contact Jef if you have any question or comments about Greater City Providence.


  • Unmarked crosswalk be darned, not that law, or crosswalk markings would necessarily have made a difference, my guess is that this couple was crossing legally based on below statutes. There is definitely incentive for that driver to not get caught at this point. 1 year license suspension and $1000 fine for striking and killing someone in a crosswalk. Never mind the hit-and-run penalties.

    § 31-18-4 […] (b) Whenever there are no markings to the contrary, there shall be a presumption that there is an unmarked crosswalk at any intersection.

    § 31-18-3 Right-of-way in crosswalk. – (a) When traffic control signals are not in place or not in operation, the driver of a vehicle shall yield the right of way, slowing down or stopping if need be to so yield, to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a crosswalk […] (b) Violations of this section are subject to fines enumerated in § 31-41.1-4 and in addition to any other penalty provided by law, a judge or magistrate shall impose a mandatory fine of one hundred dollars ($100) for a second or any subsequent violation of this section.

    § 31-18-5 Crossing other than at crosswalks. – Every pedestrian crossing a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway.

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