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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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ABC 6: Taunton woman struck by plow truck

walkinpvd-iconA Taunton woman was struck by a plow truck Tuesday evening at approximately 10:26 p.m. in the area of 762 Bay Street.

The victim’s neighbor heard screams for help and found the woman in the roadway.

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Cynthia MacDonald, 63, sustained significant injuries and was transported to Rhode Island Hospital.

The driver did not stop.

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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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WPRI: Two young women struck by car in Dartmouth

walkinpvd-iconDartmouth police responded to the intersection of Old Westport Road at Cross Road around 6:19 p.m. When they arrived at the scene, they found two female pedestrians struck by a 2013 Audi.

Officials said the driver of the car, a 53-year-old Westport man, stayed in the immediate area after the crash.

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WPRI: 12-year-old struck by hit-and-run driver in Providence

walkinpvd-iconPolice say a 12-year-old boy was taken to the hospital Wednesday after being struck by a hit-and-run driver.

The incident happened just after 6:30 p.m. on Bridgham Street, in the area of Lester Street.

Investigators say the child was riding his bike when he was struck by a vehicle described as a silver or gold Nissan Altima.

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ProJo: Construction starts on pedestrian bridge in Providence

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Rendering of the Providence River Pedestrian Bridge

Public officials gathered Thursday to celebrate the start of construction of the long-planned pedestrian bridge to connect former Route 195 parcels on either side of the Providence River. The bridge is expected to connect two future city parks to be built on former Route 195 land, connecting the city’s College Hill and Fox Point neighborhoods with downtown.

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ProJo: Cumberland woman, 30, struck and killed by bus in Providence’s Kennedy Plaza

walkinpvd-iconA 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.

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WPRI: Charges upgraded in DUI crash that injured officer

walkinpvd-iconA Warwick man accused of driving drunk and hitting a city police officer with his vehicle is facing new charges.

The officer was conducting traffic on Warwick Avenue due to a power outage Sunday night when he was struck by a vehicle making a left turn from Sandy Lane, according to police.

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On Tuesday, Warwick police announced the charges had been amended due to the seriousness of the injuries suffered by the officer.

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WPRI: Driver in fatal Exeter crash turns himself in

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Christian Costigan was killed by a hit & run driver on July 8th. Photo from CCRI via WPRI

walkinpvd-iconRhode Island State Police arrested Jeremy Filippo of Voluntown at 3 p.m. Sunday at their Hope Valley barracks. He is being charged with leaving the scene of an accident, death resulting, and was released on bail after being arraigned before a justice of the peace.

Troopers said Filippo was driving west on Route 165 in Exeter near Kings Crossing when he struck 20-year-old Christian Costigan of Exeter a few minutes before 10 p.m. Friday. Costigan was walking on the shoulder with a friend when he was hit.

Filippo, 26, allegedly fled the scene west towards Connecticut. Costigan died at Kent County Hospital.

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Costigan was a CCRI student studying music and hoped to sing in the college chorus in the fall, according to CCRI staff.

The community at CCRI are now mourning his sudden, and tragic death.

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ProJo: North Providence: Man charged after teen hit by car at fireworks display

walkinpvd-iconA 14-year-old girl Sunday was hit by a car Sunday night outside North Providence High School where police say students had congregated to watch a fireworks display.

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Police say the driver of the car, Joseph Moffitt, 27, of North Providence, fled the scene. He was arrested later that night after he called police and admitted to hitting the girl, Davey said.

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