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Police: No charges in fatal pedestrian crash on Reservoir Avenue

By DANIEL A. KITTREDGE
Posted 1/13/21

By HERALD STAFF A city woman was killed after being struck by a vehicle while walking her dog on Reservoir Avenue on the evening of Jan. 5, according to Cranston Police. Janet Rochon, 65, was transported to Rhode Island Hospital with "e;very serious

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Police: No charges in fatal pedestrian crash on Reservoir Avenue

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A city woman was killed after being struck by a vehicle while walking her dog on Reservoir Avenue on the evening of Jan. 5, according to Cranston Police.

Janet Rochon, 65, was transported to Rhode Island Hospital with “very serious injuries” after emergency personnel responded to the scene at approximately 5:40 p.m., a statement from police reads. She died at the hospital a short time later.

According to police, an investigation has determined that an SUV traveling south on Reservoir Avenue struck Rochon just south of Willis Street. At the time, Rochon was crossing the street with her dog, heading from east to west. Police describe the section of road where the incident occurred as “un-lit.”

Based on the investigation, police said, no charges will be filed.

“Data retrieved from the SUV, a Chevrolet Tahoe, indicated that speed was not a factor and there were no signs of impartment by the operator,” the statement from police reads. “The dog was injured and is expected to fully recover.

The statement continues: “Investigators interviewed a witness to the crash and the operator of the vehicle who was visibly upset and fully cooperated in the investigation. There is no crosswalk at the location of the crash and there is no traffic control devices where the victim was crossing.”

Maj. Todd Patalano said in the release: “This sad and tragic accident is a friendly reminder to all pedestrians to be extremely vigilant when walking on roadways and we urge the public to utilize only well-lit crosswalks and never assume any operator can see you.”

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