Man struck by car in crosswalk suffers serious injuries

WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) – A 48-year-old man is recovering after being hit by a car while in a crosswalk on Post Road Saturday night.

Police say the man was with his 11-year-old son when he was hit. The young boy was not hurt in the crash. The driver is not expected to face any criminal charges, though they were given a violation for not yielding to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

Warwick police say the crash happened around 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

“We’re asking the public to be more aware and cautious when approaching any intersection or crosswalk no matter what time of day,” said Major Rick Rathbun of the Warwick Police Department.

Police tell Eyewitness News that the father’s injuries are not life-threatening.

This was the second time in about a 24 hour period in which a pedestrian was hit by a car in Warwick.

“Of concern for the police department and the community is this is the second evening where we’ve had a car versus pedestrian accident with serious injuries,” said Major Rathbun.

The first of the two happened on Friday, September 22, 2017 around 7:15 p.m. on West Shore Road. 18-year-old Kurtis Lee Prosser was hit and rushed to Rhode Island Hospital with life threatening injuries where he died shortly after midnight.

The two incidents prompted the Warwick Police Department to send out safety reminders to the community. The department wants pedestrians and drivers to pay extra attention when out on the roads. Major Rathbun took to Twitter on Sunday releasing this statement.

“Don’t assume because you see a car that its driver also sees you. This is especially concerning during hours of darkness or during times of reduced visibility,” he wrote to pedestrians.

“Use caution and be prepared to stop for pedestrians when approaching a marked crosswalk or intersection,” he wrote to drivers.

At last check, Saturday’s incident is still under investigation and police ask anyone with information about the accident to contact Sgt. John Kelly with the Warwick Police Department Traffic Division at (401) 468-4293.