Cranston hit-and-run victim recovering; hunt for driver continues


CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — A concussion and several broken bones, including a shoulder, hand, and leg, are among the injuries a Brown University student suffered during a hit-and-run crash in Cranston, his mother told Eyewitness News.

Austen Deery, 20, of New Canaan, Connecticut, was listed in fair condition at Rhode Island Hospital Thursday.

Police said Deery was standing on the edge of the roadway on Marlow Street around 6 p.m. Wednesday videotaping a documentary for school when a car struck him from behind. cranston-hit-and-run-evidence

According to police, an eyewitness – a 15-year-old girl – told them a small silver car was driving erratically, hit Deery and then sped away.

“It was just tragic,” said Andrew Deery, the victim’s father. “My wife got a call from the police here out in Cranston and it’s the call you never want to get.”

As of late Thursday morning, police had not found the driver of the car that hit Deery.

Police said that the suspect’s vehicle should have damage from the crash to the right-front passenger side, including the headlight, hood and windshield.

“I can’t imagine someone doing this and not stopping,” Andrew Deery added. “But if somebody – whether it was a drunk driver or texting – it’s still no reason.”

Investigators have asked anyone who may have witnessed this accident or observes a vehicle with damage matching the description above, to contact the Cranston Police Department at (401) 942-2211. Also, tips can be provided anonymously by through the Cranston Police Department website.