City man charged after vehicle strikes pedestrian

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A 25-year-old city resident is facing a felony charge after the vehicle he was driving struck and critically injured a pedestrian near the intersection of Park and Elmwood avenues.

Jacob Travis, 191 Lyndon Road, Cranston, is charged with driving under the influence-serious bodily injury and refusal to submit to a chemical test, according to a Jan. 9 release from Cranston Police. He was arraigned that day in Third Division District Court and release on $2,500 surety bail. He is next scheduled to appear in court April 4.

According to police, an initial investigation found that the pedestrian, identified as a 45-year-old Providence man, was using a crosswalk to cross Park Avenue toward the Mobil gas station at approximately 10:39 p.m. Jan. 8 when he was struck by a 2016 Chevrolet Equinox traveling east on Park Avenue.

A Cranston Police officer was stopped at a red light in the northbound land of Elmwood Avenue at the time of the incident, according to police.

“The officer witnessed the pedestrian enter the crosswalk to cross Park Avenue,” the release states. “At the same time, he heard a loud engine and saw a white vehicle coming at what appeared to be a high rate of speed on Park Avenue heading eastbound and strike the pedestrian. The vehicle immediately stopped after the crash as the officer who witnessed the crash was on scene.”

According to the release, the pedestrian came to a rest approximately 91 feet from the crosswalk. He sustained serious head injuries and was transported to Rhode Island Hospital, where police said he was listed in critical but stable condition.

The Cranston Police Traffic Unit and Bureau of Criminal Identification Unit continue to investigate the incident.

Jacob Travis

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