Police ID victim of fatal hit-and-run as search for driver continues

Family and friends gather for a vigil in honor of Theresa Fernandez

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Police in Providence continue to investigate a hit-and-run that claimed the life of an elderly woman and injured her granddaughter.

Officials identified the victim Monday afternoon as 74-year-old Theresa Fernandez. Police said she and her granddaughter were attempting to cross Broadway in the area of Marshall Street Sunday evening when they were struck by the suspect vehicle, which then kept going.

Family and friends gathered near the scene Monday night for a vigil in honor of Fernandez.

“I miss my grandmother too much. I miss her,” said her grandson, Ramon Santiago.

An eyewitness who lives nearby said he walked out of his home and saw Fernandez laying in the middle of the street while her granddaughter was off to the side of the road.

Fernandez was pronounced dead at the hospital, according to police.

Family and friends gather for a vigil in honor of Theresa Fernandez
Family and friends gather for a vigil in honor of Theresa Fernandez

The granddaughter, 31, was taken to the hospital in stable condition. She’s being treated for a broken leg.

Santiago said his grandmother lived just blocks away from where she was killed. He said she would usually walk up Broadway from her apartment to visit her family that lives close by.

“I can’t believe that, what happened,” he added. “The situation right now. I can’t understand that.”

Police returned to Broadway Monday morning to search for clues and request surveillance footage from area businesses. They believe the suspect was driving a newer-model, dark-colored SUV, which is likely to have front-end damage.

Chris Devinn, who works near the scene, said drivers often speed along Broadway and walkers often cross at the corner of Marshall Street, where there’s no crosswalk.

“There’s a street that comes out like that, but there’s no crosswalk, so people tend to cross there anyway because of the perception of it being a crossing place,” he explained.

Devinn said a crosswalk or a sign in the area may make it safer for pedestrians.

Anyone with information is asked to please contact Officer Joseph Amoroso of the Traffic Bureau at (401) 243-6293.

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