2 children struck by vehicle in Providence

Madeleine Wright | WPRI-TV

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Two children were taken to the hospital Thursday morning after the stroller they were riding in was struck by a vehicle in Providence.

According to city police, the kids’ grandmother was pushing the stroller across Potters Avenue near the intersection with Dexter Street just before 8 a.m. when it was hit by a vehicle traveling eastbound.

The children – ages 2 and 3 – were transported to Hasbro Children’s Hospital with serious injuries.

Police said the younger child, a male, was ejected from the stroller while the 3-year-old, a female, remained inside.

The grandmother was not hit by the car, but the force of the impact caused the 64-year-old to be knocked to the ground. She was taken to Rhode Island Hospital with minor injuries.

The driver – a 40-year-old Providence woman – stopped following the collision, which appears to be an accident, according to police.

Jayro Urizar works as a mechanic in the area, his boss ran out and directed traffic away from the accident until the emergency responders arrived. “By the time the ambulance started backing up, they already had him on the stretcher and they were putting him in the ambulance,” Unizar said.

Many people in the neighborhood say that the intersection is a dangerous one. Jerry Sandy of Providence said “some of the drivers, they come with speed, and this whole place is a school zone.”

The crash has gotten the attention of Providence City Councilor Wilbur Jennings, he represents Ward 8 where the crash occurred. “I’m going to get a hold of traffic engineering and I’ll see that we can make some improvements, some more signs, some slow down,” he said. “We don’t want these things to happen again, so whatever it’s going to take me to do to prevent this from happening again, I will do it.”

The incident remains under investigation.