Providence Police identiy victim in fatal hit and run

Community members tell ABC 6 the road is notoriously dangerous.

PROVIDENCE R.I (WLNE) – Community members are now calling for better traffic enforcement in Washington Park after a Johnson and Wales student was killed in a hit and run crash Monday morning.

Police identified the man as 31-year-old Brandon Ebert.

The speed limit on Narragansett Boulevard is 30 miles per hour, but those who live here say most people are usually going 40 or 50.

They’re hoping a cross walk or police enforcement could keep another tragedy from happening.

“It’s a tragedy that happened last night that didn’t really need to happen,” said neighbor

Ebert, who is originally from Utah, was trying to cross Narragansett Boulevard around 3:30 A.M.

“He likes to go on midnight walks,” explained Ebert’s roommate Kenneth Stewart.

He tells ABC 6 they are already feeling the loss of Ebert in their home.

“No one, not even his parents, are going to be able to get closure unless this person comes forward, and it’s very sad,” said Stewart of the unknown driver.

Neighbors tell ABC 6 the road is known for speeding especially late at night.

“The speed limit is 30 miles and hour, we constantly have kids going back and forth across the street,” said Rutley.

Providence Councilman Pedro Espinal says Washington Avenue, where Ebert lived, is a direct line to the Johnson and Wales Harborside Campus, and should be treated as such for those students living in the area.

“What I feel that we need is actually a traffic light that will enable the kids to cross the street safely in addition to a cross walk,” said Espinal. “Kids come here to get an education not for something like this to happen.”

Espinal plans to speak with traffic engineering first thing Tuesday about installing a traffic light.

Police are still looking for the driver who hit and killed Ebert

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