Cranston police identify woman killed while crossing Reservoir Avenue on Tuesday

“This sad and tragic accident is a friendly reminder to all pedestrians to be extremely vigilant when walking on roadways and we urge the public to utilize only well-lit crosswalks and never assume any operator can see you”, stated Major Patalano.

CRANSTON, R.I. (WLNE) – Cranston police have identified the woman killed while crossing Reservoir Avenue on Tuesday night.

Authorities said Janet Rochon, 65, of Cranston, was killed after being struck by an SUV on Reservoir Avenue.  Authorities said the accident happened at 5:40 p.m.

Cranston police said officers arrived to the scene and found Rochon, who was immediately transported to Rhode Island Hospital.

Rochon died at the hospital as a result of her injuries.

An investigation determined that Rochon was walking her dog across Reservoir Avenue, near an un-lit section just south of Willis Street.

An SUV travelling south struck Rochon and her dog, in the right southbound lane. Authorities said after retrieving data from the SUV, speed was not a factor in the crash.

Additionally, there were no signs of impairment by the driver.

The dog was injured but is expected to fully recover.

Investigators interviewed a witness to the crash, along with the driver who was “visibly upset and fully cooperated in the investigation.”

Police said there was no crosswalk or traffic control devices at the location where the victim was crossing.

The crash was investigated by the Cranston Police Traffic Unit and the BCI Unit.  No charges will be filed.

“This sad and tragic accident is a friendly reminder to all pedestrians to be extremely vigilant when walking on roadways and we urge the public to utilize only well-lit crosswalks and never assume any operator can see you”, stated Major Patalano.

ABC6 reporter Darren Botelho spoke with members of the Cranston neighborhood, who called for street improvements.

Neighbors said they want more crosswalks with flashing lights, lights to illuminate the streets in that area, and possibly more police patrols to stop speeders.

“It’s tough. There are not many crosswalks. People don’t even stop for you in the crosswalks, so it doesn’t really matter. People drive really fast like it’s a highway,” neighbor Kevin Laperle said.

A spokesperson for the Department of Transportation told ABC 6 News they would look into the possibility of safety improvements in that area after getting all information about the crash from police, which is standard procedure.

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