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Newport Man in Wheelchair Dies After Struck By Car in Crosswalk

Robert Silvia, 56, died Wednesday night after he was struck by a car while crossing the road in his wheelchair.

updated Jan. 23 at 6:50 p.m.

Police identified the driver of the pick-up as Matthew McColgan of Middletown

original story posted Jan. 23 at 9:30 a.m.

A 56-year-old Newport man died from injuries Wednesday night after he was hit by a vehicle in a crosswalk on Friday, Jan. 17, according to Newport Police Sgt. Christopher Hayes.

Robert Silvia, a resident at Chapel Terrace, was crossing Memorial Boulevard at Chapel Street in his wheelchair, when he was stuck by a 31-year-old Middletown driver, said Hayes. 

The driver was cited with failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk and for driving without insurance. Police are investigating possible criminal charges, said Hayes. 


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


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detachablepenis January 24, 2014 at 02:30 AM
Memorial Blvd being a two lane street sometimes one driver will yield and another won't, intentional or not. It's unfortunate but I basically assume everyone is a terrible driver, I don't trust anyone until everything is at a full stop. Being so close to the Middletown line where traffic is at a faster pace it takes people a minute or two to get into the groove (usually the 1st light). The speed limit here in town is 25 mph I would say 90% of people are way beyond that. There are many elderly and young kids around this area to watch out for, be mindful of all that. This mans family I'm sure is in pain as well as the driver that will live with this for years to come.
LK January 24, 2014 at 10:51 AM
First BIG MISTAKE the city made was to change back to two lanes after Rhode Island. Should have kept one lane all the way to Bellevue Ave. Keep the same design they have before you get to Rhode Island Ave. Would be more room for the bike riders, the Farmers Market parking. No one can pass the hit anyone else on crosswalks plus the city needs to keep the 25 mph speed in check. The are 3 crosswalks in this area before you get to Bellevue Ave. Good thing one of them have a light off of Edgar Ct. I think this was put in place after 2 people were killed many years ago, ( if I have my facts right). The more tickets the police write, the more money the city can use in the project, ( that is if the money can go towards this improvement) to Memorial Blvd. Something have to do done SOON, or more people are going to get hurt or killed.
Kahuna Hookele January 24, 2014 at 09:25 PM
First and probably last time I'll ever agree with George C. but he's right. LK and detachable johnson too, going to two lanes was a salve to the folks that cried how slow the ride past the beach was going to be, and who haven't had the good manners to admit that they were wrong, and who delight in passing on the right first chance they get. Maybe it's left to us to slow the traffic down ourselves?

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