Cops ID pedestrian killed in Coventry accident

COVENTRY, R.I. (WPRI) — A woman was killed after being struck by a car in Coventry Monday night.

Police said the 53-year-old victim, identified by Coventry police as Cheryl Sherman, of Eleanor Drive, was walking on Howard Avenue when she was hit just after 9 p.m.

Officers performed CPR on the victim until rescue crews arrived on the scene. She was transported to Kent County Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

“I got her shirt with me right now, she was wearing my shirt,” said Robert Perry, the victim’s fiance.

Perry, just four years older than Sherman, said the two were high school sweethearts — though he said they lived apart for some years.

During the time they were apart, Sherman went on to have two kids and four grandchildren. He said he and Sherman rekindled their love in 2007 — and moved in together in Coventry.

Cheryl Sherman
Cheryl Sherman

Perry said she was walking to the store — when she was killed by a pickup truck.

“When she got to Cumberland Farms, she called me from Cumberland Farms and told me she was on her way home — and then next thing I know, cops [are] knocking at my door,” he said.

Investigators said the 29-year-old driver that struck Sherman remained on the scene, and is not facing any charges at this time.

According to Perry, a Kent Hospital doctor told him she flew at least 30 feet in the air — and died instantly.

“How can you feel about something like this? My heart is broken,” he said.

The accident remains under investigation, though police said alcohol and speed do not appear to be factors in the crash.

Dan Carpenter contributed to this report.

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