A 30-year-old Cumberland woman on her way to work Wednesday morning was killed when a bus struck her in a crosswalk in Kennedy Plaza and dragged her 50 to 60 feet.
Providence police identified the victim as Michelle Cagnon. She worked for Bank of America, according to company spokesman Trevor Koenig.
She was walking east on Washington Street, in front of the Alex and Ani City Center ice skating rink, when she stepped into the crosswalk to cross East Approach a little after 8 a.m., according to Public Safety Commissioner Steven M. Paré.
“Lady was in the crosswalk,” said witness Charles Parker, “looked up, screamed as she got run over.”
“The minute she got into the middle of the crosswalk, Peter Pan came around and just hit her,” said another witness, Michael “Casey” Lee, of Dartmouth, Mass. “All you heard was the smack, and that was it.”
This is so awful.
The Peter Pan buses often move too fast and too recklessly through the plaza, I don’t understand why. One almost hit me the other day as it swung out of the berth at the Transit Center, across the 3 lanes of traffic on Washington Street, and up onto the East Approach. I was crossing East Approach on foot and had to step back onto the curb to avoid it.
The bus didn’t kill that poor woman, the DRIVER did! I swear, Peter Pan bus drivers are the most reckless people at the wheel in Downtown Providence. RIPTA drivers have a lot more respect for pedestrians and other drivers in the congested area around Kennedy Plaza. Is it because Peter Pan drivers are considered cheap and disposable employees by this monopolistic, price gouging company? I sincerely hope that the family of this poor innocent victim will sue the hell out of Peter Pan Buslines and put them out of business for good.
Follow-up story from ProJo: Bus driver in fatal Providence accident on the job about a year