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WPRI: Elderly woman struck by car in critical condition

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Mendon Road in Cumberland from Google Streetview

walkinpvd-iconAn elderly woman is in critical condition after she was struck by a car Tuesday morning while trying to cross a busy road in Cumberland.

According to Deputy Chief Douglas Ciullo, police responded to Mendon Road at about 8 a.m. to find the woman lying down in the roadway. She was rushed to the hospital with injuries to her head and knees.

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Rhode Island Rep. Jim McLaughlin also stopped by the scene, saying he wants the Department of Transporation to change the speed limit and the lights in the area, as well as add cameras.


Sorry, arbitrarily reducing the speed limit on a roadway designed for high-speed traffic and installing cameras so we can see cars running red-lights and slamming into old ladies will not prevent any crashes. Physical interventions such as narrowing the road and raising the crosswalk could help mitigate the poor design of this area.

We also should not be stuffing our old folks into towers in the suburbs where they have to play Frogger with high-speed traffic to get to the grocery store, McDonald’s, and the Dollar Tree across the street. As our population ages, and elderly people are less able to drive, our built environment in the suburbs is going to result in more and more elderly people being victims of automobile violence.

Jef Nickerson

Jef is Greater City Providence's co-founder, editor, and publisher. He grew up on Cape Cod and lived in Boston; Portland, Maine; and New York before settling in Providence. In addition to urbanism, Jef is interested in art, design, and ice cream. Please feel free to contact Jef if you have any question or comments about Greater City Providence.

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