Cumberland police seek hit & run driver who struck teen

CUMBERLAND, R.I. (WPRI) – An 18-year-old walking on the side of the road in Cumberland was rushed to the hospital early Monday morning after being struck by a hit and run driver.

Police say the victim was struck near the intersection of Bear Hill Road and Shirley Drive around 12:30 a.m.

Deputy Chief Douglas Ciullo told Eyewitness News the victim and a friend were walking on Bear Hill Road, which does not have sidewalks when a small, white SUV hit him and then took off.

The victim’s friend then called 911.

Ciullo said the SUV in question may have passenger side damage.

Ciullo said the victim was taken to Rhode Island Hospital. However, the extent of his injuries was not known. Police are not releasing the victim’s name until his family is notified.

Alejo Santiago lives down the street from where the crash happened.

“You never want to see anybody hurt or killed, and especially young people. And it’s sad,” he said.

He said adding some sidewalks would help those who walk in the area.

“Some sidewalks would definitely help,” Santiago said.

Stephen Proulx said he walks on the street every day – and often sees drivers going faster than the 20 mile-per-hour speed limit.

“One time a lady’s side view mirror took out my cane. It’s a dangerous road,” he said.

Neighbors are now pushing for more police patrols, better signage and more street lights in the area.

Anyone with information is asked to call Cumberland police at (401) 333-2500.

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