Woman Struck By Driver While in Crosswalk

The woman's condition is unknown.

A woman was rushed to the hospital Thursday afternoon after she was struck by a car in the crosswalk on Bellevue Avenue in front of the Tennis Hall of Fame, according to Newport police.

Although her condition is unknown at this time, witnesses described it as "serious." 

Newport police could not immediately comment on more details. 

This is the second major pedestrian accident in the area within the week.  A Newport man died Wednesday after he was hit while crossing the road in his wheelchair.

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

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Nellie Sabin January 23, 2014 at 07:02 PM
I have become afraid of the young female drivers in this town (cough Salve? cough). One blasted through a stop sign, nearly T-boned me, and never even realized her error. These girls drive fast and aggressively without paying much attention - and you can't do that on Newport streets! By the way, I'm a female driver too, so I don't even like this stereotype.
Veteran January 23, 2014 at 08:21 PM
First my condolences to the family of the man killed and prayers for this women. Definitely can't argue with any of these posts. However, for the past 25 years, since I called Newport my home, I have been amazed with the ignorance of many pedestrians. I'm an old man and hardly ever go more than 3 miles over the speed limit, but many times I have had to slam on the brakes cause people start walking into the street, crosswalk or not, scaring the heck out of me with their, go ahead and hit me, attitude. Not saying this was the case with these people. The worst areas I have found are down by Dunkin Donuts, by Laforge restaurant, and by the Newport Skating Center by the Clarke Cookhouse. People in crosswalks have the right of way, but they must stop, look and listen before crossing.
George Costanza January 23, 2014 at 09:13 PM
Veteran: Thank you for your service. I agree there are many reckless pedestrians, including pedestrians who are texting, and drunk and falling into the street. But, if pedestrians have the right of way at a cross-walk it means the car is supposed to stop at the cross walk, unless it is obvious there are no pedestrians around (though common sense and self-preservation would suggest a pedestrian should also stop). Also, automobile drivers should always have the greater responsibility imposed on them because they are behind the wheel of a 3,000 Ib machine that can cause greater harm. Also, driving 28 mph is REALLY fast on most streets in Newport, like Spring, Thames, and any side street. The streets here are just really narrow, and there are a lot more people sharing the space: more automobile drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists. Car/gas related taxes obviously don't go to maintaining our roads, so I think its fair to say we all have a right to use them.
Larry Gotch January 24, 2014 at 08:59 AM
In my opinion there are just too many reports in the news about people being struck by cars. I came from a part of the country where we were taught to stop, look both ways, and when no cars are coming then cross the street. The culture in our area is that the pedestrian has the right of way and the expectation is that cars will stop for them. That leads to people just walking into traffic without looking. Under these circumstances the risk if a mishap is increased. Be careful out there.
brian7cs January 24, 2014 at 10:45 AM
Pickup trucks 2 pedestrians 0 the season is off to a great start


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