Cranston Police Department Charge Driver After Pedestrian Is Struck In Crosswalk And Listed In Critical Condition

The Cranston Police Department’s Traffic Unit and Bureau of Criminal Identification Unit are continuing to investigate a motor vehicle crash that occurred last night where a pedestrian was struck by a motor vehicle on Park Avenue near the intersection of Elmwood Avenue and is listed in critical, but stable condition.

Last night, at approximately 10:39pm, a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle travelling on Park Avenue near the intersection of Elmwood Avenue. The preliminary investigation revealed a 2016 Chevrolet Equinox was travelling eastbound on Park Avenue approaching Elmwood Ave. A pedestrian was on the north side of Elmwood Avenue headed southbound crossing Park Avenue towards the Mobil Gas Station. The pedestrian while crossing Park Avenue southbound in a marked crosswalk was struck by the Equinox. The pedestrian ended up onto the hood and then came to rest approximately 91 feet from the crosswalk. The pedestrian, who is age 43 from Providence, suffered serious head injuries and was transported to RI Hospital. At the time of the crash there was a Cranston Police Officer stopped at the red light in the northbound lane of Elmwood Avenue near Park Avenue. The officer witnessed the pedestrian enter the crosswalk to cross Park Avenue. At the same time, he heard a loud engine and saw a white vehicle coming at what appeared to be a high rate of speed on Park Avenue heading eastbound and strike the pedestrian. The vehicle immediately stopped after the crash as the officer who witnessed the crash was on scene.

The operator of the Equinox was identified as Jacob Travis, age 25 of 191 Lyndon Road, Cranston RI. Travis showed signs of impairment and was placed under arrest for suspicion of Driving Under the Influence. Travis refused to submit to all chemical tests. As a result, a search warrant was obtained for Travis’s blood. He was charged with Driving Under the Influence – Serious Bodily Injury (Felony) and Refusal to Submit to a Chemical Test. Travis was arraigned in Kent County 3rd District Court this morning and released on $2500 surety. His next court date is scheduled for pre-arraignment on April 4, 2019.

At this time the investigation is ongoing

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