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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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ProJo: Police: East Providence man drives onto sidewalk, strikes husband, wife, dog

walkinpvd-iconThe police have arrested an East Providence man they say drove up on a sidewalk along Legion Way and struck a pedestrian and a bicyclist and killed a dog before driving away Tuesday night, according to Lt. Thomas J. Rush.

Daniel James, 33, of Dorr Avenue, was arrested at his home about an hour-and-a-half after the crash and charged with two counts of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in serious personal injury, as well as motor vehicle infractions. He was held for arraignment Wednesday in District Court, Providence.


Seriously, WTF!?

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WPRI: Pedestrian seriously injured in Warwick crash

walkinpvd-iconPolice in Warwick are investigating a serious pedestrian crash.

According to police, officers were called to the area of 70 Centerville Road for a report of a pedestrian hit by a car.

Police said the crash involved a 32-year-old driver from Warwick and 27-year-old pedestrian from West Greenwich. The pedestrian was transported to Rhode Island Hospital with serious injuries, according to police.

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WPRI: Pedestrian struck on South County Trail

walkinpvd-iconRhode Island State Police said the victim – a South Kingstown woman in her 60s – and her friend were walking with the flow of traffic on the side of the road when she was struck.

Police said the driver – a 20-year-old man from East Greenwich – was also driving south when the vehicle in front of him came to a stop in order to make a left-hand turn. In an attempt to avoid hitting the vehicle, police said the driver swerved right into the breakdown lane and struck the victim.

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ProJo: Driver, victim identified in fatal Warwick pedestrian accident

Greenwich Avenue at Main Avenue in Warwick

walkinpvd-iconPolice have identified the 83-year-old man killed in a pedestrian accident Wednesday as Jose S. Dionisio, and the driver as Carmella Visinho, 92, both of Warwick.

Dionisio was crossing Main Avenue around 9:30 a.m., near the intersection with Greenwich Avenue, when he was struck by Visinho, who was driving in the right lane, eastbound. Dionisio was not in a crosswalk, according to the initial investigation.


Crosswalk or no crosswalk, how do we expect an elderly person to ever cross that street? How do we expect anyone to ever be able to cross that street? A traffic engineer designed that.

As our population continues to age, and more elderly people are no longer able to drive, we’re going to have a lot more elderly people in suburbs trying to cross the streets we engineered for cars.

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ProJo: Woman seriously injured after being struck by car while crossing Phenix Ave. in Cranston

walkinpvd-iconA 40-year-old woman was seriously injured Friday afternoon after she was struck by a car just west of the intersection of Atwood Avenue and Phenix Avenue.

The initial investigation by the Cranston police accident-reconstruction team and eyewitnesses indicate that the pedestrian was struck just before 6 p.m. while crossing Phenix Avenue, from Stop & Shop towards the Burger King.

The automobile was traveling west on Phenix Avenue. There is a marked crosswalk at the location of the accident.


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SNOW!

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Providence Mayor’s Center for City Service (401) 421-CITY, Emergencies dial 911
Providence Emergency Management Agency: @PEMA591
Report power outages to National Grid: (800) 465-1212
National Grid Power Outage Map
National Grid: @nationalgridus
Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency: @RhodeIslandEMA
RIPTA: @RIPTA_RI
Providence Parking Ban starts at 10pm

The City of Provience also has this CodeRed app they are pushing, but I couldn’t get it to work properly on my phone, YMMV.

Also, shovel your sidewalks!

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