Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of Public Safety, announces that at 3:57 a.m., on Sunday September 15th, 2013, Troopers responded to numerous 911 calls for a pedestrian being struck by a motor vehicle on Route 195 east, just prior to the Taunton Avenue exit in the City of East Providence.
The investigation revealed that the pedestrian was struck by a single motor vehicle while walking in the left travel lane on the Washington Bridge, approximately 1100 feet west of the Taunton Avenue exit. Witnesses stated that they observed a pedestrian wearing dark colored clothing walking in the left lane of travel just prior to being struck. The operator of the vehicle attempted to avoid the collision, but was unable to do so. The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene by the Rhode Island Medical examiner's office.
The identity of the pedestrian has not been released, pending notification to family members. The State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is also assisting in this investigation.
MEDIA CONTACT: Corporal Alfred Ruggiero, Jr., Non-Commissioned Officer-in-Charge, Rhode Island State Police Lincoln Barracks, (401) 444-1100