City woman hit by car

Po­lice: Kennedy Manor res­i­dent, 64, se­ri­ously hurt while cross­ing street in front of com­plex

Woonsocket Call - - FRONT PAGE - By RUSS OLIVO ro­livo@woonsock­et­

WOONSOCKET — A 64-year-old res­i­dent of Kennedy Manor was se­ri­ously in­jured Mon­day when she was struck by an un­li­censed, un­reg­is­tered mo­torist as she crossed the street in front of the Clin­ton Street high-rise for se­niors, po- lice say.

The driver was iden­ti­fied as Car­los J. Lopez Jr., 21, of 727 Front St. He was cited for sec­ond-of­fense op­er­at­ing on a sus­pended li­cense; op­er­at­ing with a sus­pended reg­is­tra­tion; im­proper use of a reg­is­tra­tion; and op­er­at­ing with­out ev­i­dence of in­sur­ance, ac­cord­ing to po­lice re­ports.

The vic­tim was not iden­ti­fied, but she was trans­ported to Rhode Is­land Hos­pi­tal, where she re­mains in sta­ble con­di­tion, ac­cord­ing to the po­lice. Her in­juries were de­scribed as se­ri­ous in a po­lice re­port, and a hos­pi­tal spokes­woman said she is in the trauma in­ten­sive care unit.

Us­ing a walker, the vic­tim was cross­ing Clin­ton Street from the park­ing lot of Wal­green’s – across the street from Kennedy Manor – when she was struck by Lopez’s blue Mazda in the left lane of the north­bound one-way.

Po­lice ob­tained a video of the ac­ci­dent from the Woonsocket Hous­ing Au­thor­ity. An of­fi­cer who viewed it said the vic­tim can be seen cross­ing the street with her walker and – mo­ments be­fore be­ing struck by the car – tum­bling to the ground af­ter ap­par­ently los­ing her bal­ance.

She is then struck by the car as she at­tempts to get back on her feet.

“The Mazda is then ob­served strik­ing (her) while she is try­ing to get to her feet and pro­pel­ling her through the air onto the nearby side­walk where she was lo­cated upon our ar­rival,” Pa­trol Of­fi­cer Alexan­der N. Simmons’ re­port says.

Lopez pulled into the Wal­green’s lot and parked to wait for the po­lice to ar­rive.

Of­fi­cers ran a check on the plates and quickly learned that the reg­is­tra­tion was sus­pended and didn’t match the make of Lopez’s car.

He was co­op­er­a­tive with of­fi­cers when they asked who the driver was.

“I am,” Lopez replied, adding, “I never saw her,” ac­cord­ing to Pa­trol Of­fi­cer James Dy­bala.

While the vic­tim’s name was redacted from po­lice re­ports, a friend said she is Mar­ian Morrow, a ten­ant of Kennedy Manor.

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