Pedes­trian hit by car dies in hos­pi­tal

Kennedy Manor res­i­dent Mar­ian Mor­row, 64, was hit by a car while cross­ing Clin­ton Street on Mon­day

Woonsocket Call - - FRONT PAGE - By RUSS OLIVO ro­livo@woonsock­et­call.com

WOONSOCKET – The 64-yearold ten­ant of Kennedy Manor who was struck by a car Mon­day as she was cross­ing Clin­ton Street in front of the high-rise apart­ment build­ing has died, the po­lice said.

Mar­ian Mor­row died at Rhode Is­land Hos­pi­tal Thurs­day, which means po­lice will have to de­ter­mine whether to bring ad­di­tional charges against the mo­torist in­volved, said Deputy Po­lice Chief Michael Le­moine.

“The state med­i­cal ex­am­iner will con­duct an au­topsy to de­ter­mine whether the in­juries she suf­fered in the ac­ci­dent caused her death,” said Le­moine. “This is an open in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

Po­lice say the driver, Car­los J. Lopez Jr., 21, of 727 Front St., was op­er­at­ing with­out a li­cense, a reg­is­tra­tion and proof of in­sur­ance, at the time of the ac­ci­dent. Op­er­at­ing on a sus­pended reg­is­tra­tion is a mi­nor crim­i­nal of­fense, but the other two in­frac­tions are mo­tor ve­hi­cle of­fenses that are ad­ju­di­cated by the Rhode Is­land Traf­fic Tri­bunal.

“She was a won­der­ful, won­der­ful per­son,” said Di­ane Se­quin, a friend of Mor­row who also lives at Kennedy Manor, lo­cated at 547 Clin­ton St. “She would be friends with any­body, talk to any­body. She had the great­est per­son­al­ity. She’d do any- thing for you.”

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice re­ports, Mor­row, aided by a walker, was cross­ing from the park­ing lot of Wal­green’s Phar­macy, to re­turn to her apart­ment shortly after 7 p.m. Mon­day when she tripped and fell.

Op­er­at­ing a blue Mazda in the lane clos­est to Wal­green’s in the north­bound one-way, Lopez struck Mor­row just as she was get­ting back on her feet.

A sur­veil­lance video supplied by the Woonsocket Hous­ing Au­thor­ity shows the woman be­com­ing air­borne and land­ing on the side­walk in front of Kennedy Manor after the crash, po­lice said.

A cross­walk with var­i­ous safety fea­tures is lo­cated di­rectly in front of Kennedy Manor, but Mor­row was not us­ing it when she was struck by Lopez’s ve­hi­cle, ac­cord­ing to Le­moine.

Among other things, the cross­walk is painted bright red and it’s equipped with a flasher that pedestrians can ac­ti­vate by push­ing a but­ton on the side­walk. The ac­ci­dent hap­pened in con­di­tions that can sig­nif­i­cantly ham­per vis­i­bil­ity – it was dark and rain­ing hard – but Le­moine said us­ing the cross­walk “might have helped” the vic­tim get across the street safely.

Po­lice re­ports don’t elab­o­rate on the na­ture of the vic­tim’s in­juries, but Se­quin, who vis­ited Mor­row in the hos­pi­tal, said she suf­fered mas­sive head trauma, with mul­ti­ple bones bro­ken in her face, jaw and cra­nium.

Se­quin said Mor­row had two grown chil­dren, a son and daugh­ter, who vis­ited reg­u­larly and en­joyed spend­ing time with them.

Mor­row, she said, had “re­ally bad legs” and used the walker to help her get around. Her doc­tor had rec­om­mended that Mor­row use a mo­tor­ized chair for safety rea­sons.

Se­quin said Mor­row fell to the ground be­fore be­ing struck by the car be­cause she failed to no­tice “a hole” in the park­ing lot of Wal­green’s. One of the legs of the walker abruptly dipped into the de­pres­sion in the pave­ment, and Mor­row lost her bal­ance.

“She wasn’t too steady when she was walk­ing with the walker,” said Se­quin. “There was a hole at the end of Wal­green’s drive­way. It was dark. She didn’t see it.”

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