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Pedestrian killed on Mendon Road

June 17, 2011

CUMBERLAND – A local woman died Friday morning after she and another woman were struck by a car while walking on the sidewalk along Mendon Road.
Kathleen Carpenter, 54, a married mother of two children, sustained fatal injuries in the accident and Judy Waterman, 53, also of Cumberland, sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
Cumberland Police Chief John R. Desmarais said the two women were out walking together at 6:30 a.m. as part of their regular morning routine when they were struck by a 1995 Buick sedan operated by Casey Rondeau, 26, of Woonsocket.
“Both were taken to Rhode Island Hospital in Providence,” Desmarais said.
The women were facing traffic while walking south on the sidewalk along the northbound lane of the roadway; the motor vehicle was also heading south when the driver apparently lost control, crossed the center lines and struck them from behind on the sidewalk, the chief said.
“They did not see him come toward them,” Desmarais said of the tragic incident. Rondeau was distraught at the scene and taken to Landmark Medical Center to be checked out, according to Desmarais.
Alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the accident but police were still investigating whether speed or other factors such as texting or vehicle mechanical problems may have contributed, Desmarais said. No charges had been lodged against the driver as of Friday afternoon, according to Desmarais, but investigators from the state police and the Department of Transportation were assisting the local department in reconstruction of the accident.
The driver told police the vehicle may have experienced a mechanical failure when it suddenly accelerated and veered across the center line toward the women. The car, which had jumped the curb before striking the women, was impounded in Cumberland so that state investigators could check it for mechanical problems, Desmarais said.
“We are looking at the possibility of speed as a factor, we are looking into the possibility of texting and looking at the possibility of mechanical factors,” Desmarais said of the continuing probe.


Do any of you stop and think!

June 23, 2011 by mmendall (not verified), 4 years 9 weeks ago
Comment: 447

Casey Rondeau fought for American citizens in the Army... did you know he is a war vet... That he is completely broken by what happened??? That the family called and said that they didn't blame him... So don't talk about things you know nothing about. Everyone should keep their mouths shut. Casey is a good person, kid, human being.... what ever one wants to call him. He is a good individual that has put his life on the line for many. This could have happened to anyone. The car has a recall on it that was found out about after the accident. What if this was you... would you really want someone talking about you like that? It is unfair to talk about anyone like that if you do not know the whole story and you do not know about the situation... you read one story... doesn't make you God.

A "nice kid"? Tell that to

June 21, 2011 by richm2256 (not verified), 4 years 9 weeks ago
Comment: 441

A "nice kid"?

Tell that to the Carpenter family.

The guy crossed completely over another lane and jumped a sidewalk ... how does anyone randomly do that? Mechanical problems? Sure, show me the skid marks from when he realized the car was unsteerable and he slammed on the brakes, like a typical person would do?

I don't know what possessed this guy (26 is not "a kid") to drive across another lane and jump a curb, whether he was texting, fell asleep (wasn't he on his way to work?) or what, but short of a tie rod breaking, he drove that car into those women himself and two kids now don't have a mother; a husband no longer has a partner, and family members and friends have lost a loved one.

Vehicular manslaughter at the very least. Put this guy's a$$ in jail and maybe he'll learn how important it is to stay in control of a two ton machine every single second.

Do you stop and think before you speak?

June 23, 2011 by mmendall (not verified), 4 years 9 weeks ago
Comment: 448

Do you know anything about cars? Are you a mechanic? I understand you are entitled to your own opinion, but maybe you should do more research before making yourself look like an ignorant fool. He was on his way to work just like he does any day. His car did have mechanical failure. So do you feel the same way about every Toyota that was recalled for smashing into people’s house's and other things? There was a recall on his car just like the Toyota’s that had people crashing into things. It was mechanical failure. He is a good kid, man, human being. He was in the military and fought for your life, maybe you should have more respect. Also your quote " A "nice kid" Tell that to the Carpenter family," it was and they agree and don't blame him.

Mechanical problems

June 23, 2011 by bucko (not verified), 4 years 9 weeks ago
Comment: 445

I hear the Buick he was driving was subject to a recall for electrical issues that could cause runaway acceleration. I hope that's the truth. Casey is a warm hearted and conscientious man who served his country.

Nice kid

June 18, 2011 by MzLadyBelle (not verified), 4 years 10 weeks ago
Comment: 436

Casey's a nice kid. I am sure this was nothing but a terrible accident.

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