Police: No charges for bus driver in pedestrian fatality

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A Peter Pan bus driver will not face criminal charges in connection with the death of a woman in downtown Providence last month, city police announced Thursday.

According to police, Michelle Cagnon was struck by a bus while walking on Washington Street in Kennedy Plaza on the morning of Aug. 24.

Cagnon, 30, of Cumberland, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said the driver, identified as Matthew J. Reidy of Taunton, was making a left turn from Washington Street at the time of the incident. An eyewitness said Cagnon was in the crosswalk when she was hit.

Providence police, along with Attorney General Peter Kilmartin’s office, investigated and reconstructed the collision and decided not to file charges against Reidy. A spokeswoman for Providence Police said the department might have an accident report ready by Friday morning.

A representative from Peter Pan Bus Lines said the last few weeks have been hard for Reidy, adding “it’s been a difficult time for him.” The company said Reidy is currently not driving, but they plan to gradually get him back on the road.

Officials offered no further details about the investigation.

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