Woman, 63, dies after hit-and-run in Johnston

JOHNSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — Police are working to hunt down a suspect vehicle after a pedestrian was struck and killed in Johnston.

According to Deputy Police Chief Dan Parrillo, the 63-year-old woman was hit just before 9 p.m. Monday on Killingly Street, in the area of Cumberland Farms. A short time later, Parillo confirmed she had succumbed to her injuries.

The deputy chief said a black sedan struck the woman as she was attempting to cross the street with her adult son. The vehicle then fled north towards Greenville Avenue. It’s unclear if the woman was in a crosswalk when she was hit.

Police are asking for the public’s help in tracking down the driver. Investigators have surveillance video of the moments leading up to the crash, but said they’re searching for more.

“We don’t have any description besides a black sedan, it should have heavy passenger side damage,” said Parillo. “We have her at the beginning of the street as she hit the curb, as she began to cross. The video does not go that far.”

Police said they plan to continue checking with area residents and business Tuesday to see if anyone has surveillance footage of the crash.

A man who lives on Killingly Street told Eyewitness News traffic has become much worse on the roadway in recent years.

“It’s bumper-to-bumper traffic,” said Matt Mekuto. “At nighttime, people speed up and down the road and it’s been crazy the past few years, so this is unfortunate what happened. I tell my son, he wants to walk home from school and for reasons like this, I don’t want him walking home from school.”

This incident comes just a few days after a teenager was killed in a hit-and-run crash in Providence.