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WPRI: Pedestrian killed, another survives, after being hit by Jeep in West Greenwich

walkinpvd-iconPolice are investigating a pedestrian crash that left one man dead and another hurt.

Police said it happened last Tuesday as the men tried to cross Victory Highway (Route 102) about 4:40 p.m. Officers said the weather was rainy, it was dark outside, and the victims were wearing dark clothing.

Also, Victory Highway has no sidewalks or crosswalks, so it is kind of designed to kill pedestrians. But yes, let’s blame dark clothing.

Daniel Cornell, 25, of Coventry, died from his injuries.

The other man, David Pulaski, 41, of Pawtucket, told police he survived because Cornell saved his life.

“Daniel yelled, ‘watch out!’ and pushed him out of harm’s way,” his mother, Janet Cornell, said Monday.

“It says who he actually was in his heart,” said Cornell’s older sister, Austin Matteson. “He was a good person and his final act on this Earth showed who he really was.”

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WPRI: North Smithfield woman struck, killed by car

walkinpvd-iconPolice have charged the driver they say struck and killed a pedestrian in North Smithfield Sunday night.

The victim – identified Monday as Cheryl A. Willard, 50, of North Smithfield – was attempting to cross Dowling Village Boulevard around 9:30 p.m. Sunday when she was struck near the southern entrance of Dowling Village, according to police.

Emergency crews rushed Willard to Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket where, police said, she was later pronounced dead.

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WPRI: Police make arrest in connection with deadly hit-and-run

walkinpvd-iconPolice have arrested a man in connection with a fatal hit-and-run Monday night on Newport Avenue.

The suspect is Paul Newman, 53, of Jacksonville, Florida. He is being charged with leaving the scene of an accident, death resulting.

A witness was able to see the driver’s license plate before the vehicle fled the scene. Police said they were then able to trace the plate to a rental car. Newman had returned the first vehicle not long after the accident and rented another, authorities said.

Newman later turned himself in, not long after East Providence Police made contact with him.

The woman was crossing Newport Avenue at about 8 p.m. when she was hit by a red SUV, which then took off, police said.

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WJAR: Woman struck, killed by garbage truck

walkinpvd-iconA pedestrian was struck and killed by a garbage truck in Providence Wednesday afternoon.

Police told NBC 10 News a 51-year-old woman was hit at the intersection of Hartford Avenue and Whelan Road around 1 p.m.

She was found lying on the ground just outside her home before being transported to Rhode Island Hospital, where she died. Investigators said she lived in an apartment building near the scene.

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WPRI: Pedestrian killed by alleged drunk driver in South Kingstown

walkinpvd-iconMary F. Kemp was on her nightly walk around her South Kingstown neighborhood Monday night when police say a drunk driver veered off the road, hitting and killing her.

Leslie Morales, 29, is facing charges of DUI death resulting, driving to endanger death resulting, and duty to stop at an accident resulting in personal injury/death.

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Kemp’s husband and daughter, still processing the news on Tuesday afternoon, said she walked the neighborhood daily, and was doing just that when she was killed.

Neighbors described her as a generous person, most known for her kindness and those daily walks.

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WPRI: Man charged after hit-and-run leaves pedestrian seriously hurt

walkinpvd-iconPolice say a man has been charged after he allegedly hit a pedestrian with his car near the intersection of Pulaski and Manchester Streets in West Warwick early Saturday morning.

Police say the victim, a West Warwick man in his 40’s, was seriously hurt and taken to Kent County Hospital for treatment. His current condition is unknown.

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Police said they discovered a car with passenger-side damage and a broken windshield a short distance away from the scene. They took the driver, a West Warwick man in his 20’s, into custody. He now faces a felony charge of duty to stop in an accident resulting in personal injury or death, as well as multiple traffic violations.

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WPRI: Suspect pleads not guilty in Pawtucket crash that injured boy

walkinpvd-iconThe suspect in a Pawtucket crash pleaded not guilty after police say her car struck a boy and crashed into a Newport Avenue building on June 13.

Olayemi Mayowa, 61, pleaded not guilty to reckless driving and other offenses to public safety in District Court Thursday. The charge is a misdemeanor and Mayowa was released on personal recognizance.

‘It wasn’t me your honor, it was my car.’

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ProJo: Johnston woman, 63, killed in hit-and-run

walkinpvd-iconA 63-year-old woman died after she was struck in a hit-and-run by a black sedan at about 8:45 p.m. Monday.

The woman, who was leaving the Cumberland Farms with her adult son, had just stepped off the curb a little ahead of him when a black sedan hit her, sending her forward about 50 feet onto the pavement. She was taken to the hospital but did not survive her injuries, Johnston Deputy Chief Daniel Parrillo said.

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Police: Pedestrian was looking for bus when hit, killed by van

walkinpvd-iconAnthony Burns, 43, was struck by a commercial van on Benefit Street near Kenyon Avenue early Saturday morning. He was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

Pawtucket police told Eyewitness News Monday that Burns was not in a crosswalk when he was struck.

Detective Sgt. Christopher LeFort said it appears he stepped onto Benefit Street to see if his bus was coming.

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Police have not determined the cause of the crash, and are waiting to hear from the Rhode Island State Police Accident Reconstruction Team to determine if there were any contributing factors, such as speed.

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WJAR: Man dies from injuries in hit-and-run crash

walkinpvd-iconAn Attleboro man who was critically injured in a hit-and-run crash has died, the Bristol County District Attorney said Wednesday.

The district attorney said 60-year-old David Nepini was struck at the intersection of North Main and Peck streets at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday as he was attempting to cross the road.

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Authorities said Neetu Kainth, 38, of Plainville, voluntarily came back to Attleboro, where she was interviewed by police. She was not arrested, but was issued a citation for leaving the scene of an accident, death resulting.

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WJAR: Girl, 14, injured in hit-and-run; Driver surrenders

walkinpvd-iconA 14-year-old girl was seriously injured in a hit-and-run crash in Dartmouth Thursday evening, according to authorities.

The Dartmouth Police Department told NBC 10 News that the girl was struck as she was walking on Dartmouth Street near Cove Road just after 5 p.m.

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About a half hour after the crash, the driver, 34-year-old Jessica Skaggs of New Bedford, surrendered to authorities.

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WJAR: Pedestrian injured in Portsmouth crash

walkinpvd-iconAn 83-year-old woman was struck by a car in Portsmouth Friday.

Authorities said the woman suffered “multiple traumatic injuries” after she was hit by a car on East Main Road just before 6 p.m.

“The patient was conscious at the scene but her injuries are considered life-threatening,” authorities noted in a press release.

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WPRI: RIPTA hopes new technology will increase pedestrian safety

walkinpvd-icon“Caution – bus is turning.”

That’s what pedestrians will soon hear whenever a nearby RIPTA bus begins to make a turn of more than 45 degrees. A series of strobe lights will also light up along the side of the bus.

The new technology is part of an effort by the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority to increase passenger and pedestrian safety.

I’m all for pedestrian safety, but I hope this system does not result in bus drivers feeling they can usurp the pedestrians’ (or cyclists’) right-of-way. When a pedestrian is in a crosswalk, the bus literally yelling at said pedestrian does not override their right to be there.

“We think this is going to be particularly useful in congested areas where people may be distracted by mobile devices or just the activity around them,” she said.

I do not like this victim-blaming coming from RIPTA at all. I don’t think there is any indication that distraction on the part of pedestrians has been responsible for any recent crashes (injuries, deaths) involving buses. Quite the opposite in some cases in fact.

I also continue to see Peter Pan buses using East Approach at Kennedy Plaza, which is where Michelle Cagnon was killed this past summer. Peter Pan is not supposed to be using East Approach.

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