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Seekonk woman struck killed by hit & run driver, unshoveled sidewalks partly to blame

walkinpvd-iconAs reported by local media, Karen McHugh, a 51-year-old Seekonk resident was struck and killed by a hit & run driver on Friday night as she was walking along the road near her home. At the time of the incident that took her life, the sidewalks on Arcade Avenue were not shoveled, forcing McHugh to walk along the edge of the roadway.

This is exactly what we feared would happen when we started documenting uncleared sidewalks through the #PVDsidewalks hashtag on Twitter.

Unfortunately this is not an isolated incident, in 2011 George Adams, IV was struck and killed by a driver who also fled the scene. Haley Mckee who killed Adams was eventually arrested by police. In 2013 a reader documented poor conditions on North Main Street and of course North Main Street features heavily in the #PVDsidewalks photos this year. And in 2009 we wrote about people dying.

Every year we deal with these sidewalk conditions, and every year, people die while people who drive their cars seem to become more and more entitled and unable to deal with the fact that we live in New England and it snows. Someone started a Twitter fight with me insisting that the real problem was that streets were not returned to dry pavement yet and how dare I waste time worrying about sidewalks. The road in Seekonk was returned to dry pavement, and motorist were moving 35-40 mph on it, and Karen McHugh is dead.

Seekonk police seek any information anyone might have about Ms. McHugh’s death:


WPRI: Driver charged in fatal crash in Fall River

walkinpvd-iconFall River police are charging a city man after a crash that killed a pedestrian late Friday night.

Police were dispatched to 601 Laurel Street, near the intersection of Laurel and Henry Streets, at about 10 p.m. for a report of a person down in the road.

Officers found a 47 year-old man wedged underneath a white Toyota Corolla, and firefighters used heavy rescue equipment to lift it off him.

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WPRI: Warwick man dies days after being hit by car

A man who was hit by a car in Warwick earlier this month has died as a result of his injuries.

City police said Thursday that Sean P. Eagan died at Rhode Island Hospital on Nov. 13.

Eagan, 47, was crossing Warwick Avenue in the area of Scranton Avenue at about 5 p.m. on Nov. 7 when he was struck by a car traveling northbound. He was transported to Rhode Island Hospital, but passed away the following Thursday.


? WPRI: Pedestrian killed in Seekonk identified as Dorchester man

Seekonk police have identified the pedestrian that was killed in the town last week as Steven Nixon of Dorchester.

No charges are pending against the driver, a 25-year-old man from East Providence, according to police.

Police said the area where the crash occurred is poorly lit, and there are no sidewalks.

In contrast to the last post, there’s no charges here. Because the road is poorly lit and there are no sidewalks? Should maybe the person who designed the road be charged with negligence in the death?


? WPRI: Driver charged in fatal pedestrian crash

A Portsmouth woman was arrested and charged Sunday after an elderly woman was struck by a car and killed in the town.

According to Portsmouth Det. Lt. A.J. Bucci, Barbara Krensavage was driving north on Sea Meadow Court just before 3:30 p.m. when her car crossed into the southbound lane and struck a woman walking along the shoulder of the road.

One wonders what was it about this crash that made police decide that charges needed to be brought and that it was not just another, ‘tragic accident.’


? Rhode Island College mourning death of professor killed in Syracuse crash

Rhode Island College is offering counseling to students and flying flags at half-staff as it mourns an English professor who was struck and killed by a pickup truck in Central New York.

Forty-three-year-old Jennifer Cook of Providence was walking with her mother Friday afternoon in Syracuse when the truck veered across the road and struck them.

“Killed by a truck,” “the truck veered across the road and struck them” – No, the “truck” did not kill her, the truck was driven by a person.


WPRI: Pedestrian killed, man arrested in hit-and-run crash

A New Bedford man accused of hitting a pedestrian and leaving the scene may be facing further charges now that police have learned the victim didn’t survive injuries suffered during the crash.

Police said they were called to Herman Melville Boulevard in the area of Logan Street at about 9:15 p.m. Saturday. An eyewitness told them a person was hit in the middle of the street, then the suspect backed up and drove around the victim to flee the area.


Two pedestrians killed in Newport last week

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A 56-year-old Newport man died from injuries Wednesday night after he was hit by a vehicle in a crosswalk on Friday, Jan. 17, according to Newport Police Sgt. Christopher Hayes.


The driver was cited with failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk and for driving without insurance.

Police said [Sharon Gerlach of Middletown] was struck by a pick-up truck while crossing Bellevue Avenue. The driver, Craig Madison, 64, of Exeter, was cited with failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

Police said sun glare might have been a factor in the accident.

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The Providence Journal: 2 dead in week crossing Newport streets

ProJo: Bristol woman dies after being struck crossing Warwick Avenue

Raymond Joutras, 21, of Sweet Street, Warwick, was driving south in the area of 1811 Warwick Ave., near the Jamestown Apartments, when he hit Jefferis as she walked toward a bus stop, police said. Neither speed nor alcohol appear to be factors, according to police. Minimal lighting and the fact that Jefferis was wearing dark clothing could have contributed.


ProJo: Woman dies after being struck, dragged in Wrentham

Authorities say a woman has died after being struck by a pickup truck outside a Wrentham motel and dragged three miles up U.S. Route 1 to Foxborough.

The woman’s body was found on the roadway at about 10 p.m. Monday just south of the Patriot Place shopping center.

The driver has been caught and is being charged.


WJAR: Woman killed in front of condominiums is identified


Bullocks Point Avenue, East Providence – Image from Google Street View

A woman was killed after being struck by a car on Bullocks Point Avenue in East Providence on Friday.

The victim has been identified as 53-year-old Laurie Rozen, of East Providence. Police say she was crossing the street in front of the Stonegate Condominiums when she was killed.

Police told NBC 10 initially it doesn’t appear the driver did anything improper.

Just a tragic accident on a roadway, those who live here say can be dangerous.

Well, no. Someone designed a high-speed four-lane roadway with housing and bus stops on either side with poor lighting and no crosswalks; it wasn’t just a tragic accident, it was by design. Who designed this roadway, and how should they be held accountable for the death of this woman?


Streetsblog: NYC Motorists Killed Three Pedestrians on City Sidewalks Today

In one tragic day in New York City, three people walking on the sidewalk were killed by drivers; and after this story was published, a fourth pedestrian was struck and killed on Staten Island.

Three pedestrians were killed on NYC sidewalks today in two separate crashes. Just before 7:30 a.m. on Queens Boulevard in Elmhurst, a 22-year-old man driving a new Camaro ran over and killed two men on the sidewalk, and just before 1 p.m., a woman was killed on an East Harlem corner after a taxi driver struck a box truck, which careened onto the sidewalk. So far, no charges have been filed, though witnesses say the Queens Boulevard driver was speeding and the East Harlem cabbie ran a red light, according to reports.


WPRI: Security officer at Newport naval station dies

A security officer at Naval Station Newport has died on base after being struck by a government car driven by another Navy employee.

A base spokeswoman said Friday that the man, a detective in the security office, was hit around 1 p.m. on Thursday. He was taken to Newport Hospital, then to Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, where he died at 10:15 p.m.


News & Notes

ecoRI News: Parking Lots Proliferate at Twin River

Getting a parking lot built in Rhode Island typically requires permits and review by state agencies and local officials. But in one case a large lot at Twin River Casino inexplicably appeared next to a wetland.

Urbanophile: Milwaukee’s Relationship with the Chicago Mega-City Revisited by David Holmes

I was intrigued by Aaron’s recent post “Don’t Fly Too Close to the Sun Piece” which focused on the relationship between Milwaukee and Chicago and the notion of whether “proximity to Chicago or another mega-city represents an unambiguous good,” or – as posited by Aaron – may actually be more of a curse than a blessing, and something that drains vitality instead of increasing it. This is a topic that interests me both from the perspective of a long-time resident of Milwaukee and as a long-time fan of the City of Chicago. There are likely unique combinations of factors to consider in this type of evaluation for every city pair – including the distance between the cities, the presence or absence of high speed and/or low cost transit options between the cities, and the relative size. Although I did not comment on Aaron’s post at the time of publication, I thought it would be useful to consider some specific examples of ways in which Chicago enhances or decreases Milwaukee’s economic vitality as both the article and many of the comments on Milwaukee-Chicago and other city pairs, seemed to lack specific examples of both positive and negative impacts.

Some Providence-Boston talk made its way into the comments.

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