Greater City Providence

WPRI: Teen cyclist struck by vehicle in Portsmouth

walkinpvd-icon Officials said the man suffered “traumatic injuries” that appeared to be significant. At last check, police said he was in stable condition at the hospital.

According to fire officials, the ambulance had a hard time getting to the hospital due to low visibility from the heavy fog, and it’s possible the driver never saw the cyclist.

While on scene, police said they noticed the smell of marijuana on the driver of the vehicle. Officers performed a field sobriety test, which the driver passed, and later found less than an ounce of marijuana inside the vehicle. The 20-year-old was cited for possession of marijuana and due car by drivers, police said.

The driver was high, but it is still probably the victim’s fault and most certainly not the fault of the person who designed the road.

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.


  • Why would it be he victim’s fault? As a driver you should be aware at all times (even in foggy conditions). Cyclists are allowed on main roads. Unless the cyclist was weaving through traffic, it’s not the cyclists fault.

  • That logic is so backward that I can only assume sarcasm is at play. At least I hope so, or it is a very sad day for PVD.

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