Police: Bus driver could not see pedestrian during fatal crash

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — An investigation into the death of a pedestrian who was hit by a bus in downtown Providence revealed the driver could not have seen the victim before she was struck.

On Thursday, Providence police announced the conclusion of their probe into the death of 30-year-old Michelle Cagnon of Cumberland, stating that no criminal charges would be brought against the bus driver, Matthew Reidy of Taunton.

Cagnon was hit by a Peter Pan bus while walking on Washington Street in Kennedy Plaza on the morning of Aug. 24. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

As part of the investigation, police reenacted the incident with an actual Peter Pan bus and confirmed that Reidy would not have been able to see Cagnon as his view was obstructed by parts of the bus.

Reidy received a summons for careless driving and failure to yield right of way in a crosswalk.

Eyewitness News has reached out to Peter Pan for comment on the blind spot but our calls have not been returned.

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