“I dread this street”: neighbors plead for safety after hit-and-run kills pedestrian
WARWICK, R.I (WLNE) – Warwick Police are investigating a hit-and-run Tuesday morning that killed a 51-year-old man.
Police say it happened on 61 Airport Road around 4:00 a.m. According to the department, the pedestrian was found lying in the road by police. They say the suspect fled the scene in his car.
Police identified the victim on Tuesday afternoon as 51-year old Donald Boss, of West Warwick.
Boss was pronounced dead at Rhode Island Hospital.
According to authorities, it is believed that Boss and the operator of the fleeing vehicle were familiar with each other.
Neighbors nearby say they woke up to the sound of sirens and flashing police lights.
“I woke up and I saw all the lights flashing and so, I took my dog outside to go out and do a little investigating of my own,” Matthew Turner said. “As I came out here, everybody else said someone was hit by a car.”
Turner lives across the street from the crime scene. He says the news is awful to hear and that speeding is a major problem on Airport Road.
“I’m not surprised,” Turner said. “Pedestrians have been hit before. I’ve been here 5 years now and I think this is probably the third one who was hit. It’s a 25-mph zone, but I’ve seen cars go up to 60, 65, 70-mph.”
Turner says he worries for his 12-year-old daughter and his dog and wants the city to put in more crosswalks.
“I have a 12-year-old who goes back and forth across this street too and has to go down to the lights to do it,” Turner said. “I dread this street.”
As the sun came up and businesses opened shop, the forensic evidence unit arrived. For hours, police flooded the area where crime scene tape surrounded a car. Investigators placed markers across the road and picked up evidence placing it in a bag.
“I just hope they’re okay,” James Fuller, who works nearby said. “I don’t know why they still have the road still closed. There must be an investigation on how it happened.”
Now, as police piece together what happened, people nearby are asking drivers to slow down and look out for others.
Warwick Police say this is an ongoing investigation.
Anyone with information is urged to call (401)-468-4200 or to leave a confidential tip with the department’s TIPS line at (401)-732-8477.