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Bellevue Shop Owner Dies After Struck Crossing Road

A 59-year-old woman was rushed to Newport Hospital and later transferred to Rhode Island Hospital where she died around 6:30 p.m

Photo Credit: Olga Enger
Photo Credit: Olga Enger
A 59-year-old Middletown woman died Thursday night after she was struck by a pickup truck while crossing Bellevue Avenue in Newport.

"Because we were notified of her death late last night, we do not want to release the name until we are certain family has been notified," explained Newport Police Lt. William Fitzgerald Friday morning. 

The victim, who owns a shop on Bellevue Avenue, was rushed to Newport Hospital and later transferred to Rhode Island Hospital where she died around 6:30 p.m.

The driver, a 64-year-old man from Exeter, was cited with failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

"The incident is being investigated for the cause of the accident," said Fitzgerald.

Sun glare may have been a factor, said Fitzgerald.

This was the second fatal pedestrian accident in the area within a week. On Wednesday, Robert Silvia, 56, of Newport, died after he was struck by a pick-up truck while crossing Memorial Boulevard at Chapel Street in his wheelchair.

The incidents are under investigation by the Newport Police Department.  Patch will provide details as they are made available. 

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PG January 24, 2014 at 09:30 AM
I'm tired of the "the sun was in my eyes" or similar defense. Doesn't that inherently mean you were going too fast for the conditions? There needs to be a greater sense of responsibility when it comes to operating vehicles on the roads. If you can't effectively scan a cross walk for pedestrians either already crossing, or wishing to (as they have the right of way), you are traveling too fast for the conditions whether they are caused by parked vehicles, darkness, the sun, or otherwise.
Melissa Martin Ellis January 24, 2014 at 09:37 AM
I agree, it is the driver's responsibility to slow down and be vigilant when approaching crosswalks. Pedestrians in Newport have to be hyper careful as well, apparently.
LK January 24, 2014 at 10:40 AM
Sun glare?? The sun is never in front of you on Bellevue Ave. at any time. It set behind or farther down CVS. The building on the side of the Tennis Hall of Fame block the sun coming up in the morning and maybe behind them is the afternoon. I don't see how sun glare would have been a factor, am I right or wrong, maybe I am missing something. I have driven on that street for years and live in the area. Never seemed like sun was in my eyes.
Darts Technique January 24, 2014 at 12:42 PM
First of all, it's the police who *suggested that glare may be a factor. Second, this attitude of "I'm a pedestrian, I have the right of way" causes many to simply walk across traffic when ever they feel like it as if they are absolved of the simple responsibility of checking for cars. Pretty sure there were icy conditions on Bellevue last night - even pedestrians need to slow down and be a little more careful. And before someone says something, I'm speaking in generalities here. I have no idea what actually happened in this case.
Tom January 24, 2014 at 07:08 PM
I go by there multiple times a day and some of the pedestrians dart out without looking on the crosswalk or across from Williams St. Also I always wondered why cars are allowed to park in that area.
George Costanza January 24, 2014 at 07:14 PM
Having the "right of way" means cars must stop at a cross walk. Having the right of way means that the first of two cars at a 4 way stop, to come to a complete stop, can move through the intersection without waiting for the other car to stop. Imputing attitude into the action of a pedestrian for walking into a cross walk for which they have a right of way is immature and asinine.
Tom January 24, 2014 at 09:31 PM
All as I can remember growing up and being told to look both ways before crossing... You can't trust the driver to be paying attention because you as a pedestrian also have responsibility for your action.
Bill January 24, 2014 at 09:46 PM
I drove through the the accident scene today and let a non cross walk pedestrian go...then as I went to drive forward...someone darted in front of me. People who ride bikes and walk love their "right of way". Until they get killed. The car will always win idiot. No disrespect to the guy in the wheelchair but I spoke with many people today who remarked on how he would dart out into traffic with out looking. Its sad. Its not always the drivers fault

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