WOONSOCKET — An 80-year-old city man, crossing Main Street after a visit to City Hall, suffered fatal injuries when he was struck by a car Monday morning.
Police Lt. Eugene Jalette said the elderly man was struck while he was in the crosswalk in front of historic Harris Hall at about 11:20 a.m.
“The victim was transported by rescue to Rhode Island Hospital and was pronounced dead at 1:10 p.m. today,” Jalette said.
The man, who Jalette declined to identify pending the notification of members of his family, had just left city offices after obtaining a green city sticker for the curbside pickup of an item at his home.
A 1996 beige Nissan Maxima operated by Paul R. Dutile, 24, of 27 Cross St., was reported to have been traveling north on Main Street toward Clinton Street and approaching the former Old Stone Bank when the accident occurred, according to Jalette.
The victim appeared to have hit the windshield of the Nissan after being struck and was then thrown to the ground, Jalette said. Dutile stopped immediately, Jalette said, and his car was found just in front of the crosswalk. Witnesses are believed to have called city emergency personnel to the scene, Jalette said.
The incident remained under investigation Monday and police had not yet determined if any charges would be lodged against the driver, Jalette said. It did not appear that drugs or alcohol were involved, Jalette said.
More would be known about the incident when the police department's accident reconstruction team completed its investigation of the incident, he said.
“Right now it appears to be a horrific accident,” Jalette said. “It's extremely unfortunate and again we have to complete our investigation to determine if any charges are warranted.”
The incident, occurring during the daylight hours, follows several other fatal pedestrian accidents in the Social Flatlands area, where many seniors walk sidewalks near the three elderly high rise buildings in the area and also on nearby Cumberland Street and Mendon Road, both high traffic routes through the city.
Krystal Durkin, 25, suffered fatal injuries when she was struck by a car while crossing Mendon Road near the BP gas station the night of August 17. She had been returning home from visiting her infant daughter at a hospital in Providence when she had car trouble and left her van seeking assistance.