Driver Charged After Hitting Cyclist in Johnston



Driver Charged After Hitting Cyclist in Johnston

crashAccording to a Projo article,

The police arrested a 20-year-old Central Falls man on a charge of leaving the the scene of an accident Friday after witnesses reported seeing his car hit a young bicyclist in the area of Burnett Street and Pleasant Avenue.

Fortunately, the 11 year old cyclist managed to escape with only bruises to his right knee.  Had the motorist done the right thing and stayed at the scene of the accident, I’m sure he would have driven away without being arrested or even ticketed; so goes the laws when it comes to striking something with your car.

What I find really disturbing about this article is the reader comments on the Projo site, along the lines of:

Your car doesn’t have nerves. He wasn’t exactly running from the law, so he probably didn’t even know he hit the child.

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I notice when my car bumps a curb.  Fortunately, I’ve never hit a pedestrian or cyclists, so I’m not exactly sure what that would be like, but I have a hard time believing you wouldn’t notice the impact… unless of course I were drunk.


  • Dennis
    Nov 27, 2009 at 8:11 am

    The first thing I wondered about was why the driver was only charged with leaving the scene, and not striking a bicyclist. I'm thankful the the child was not seriously hurt.

  • Nov 27, 2009 at 8:34 am

    Frank Cabral was killed by an SUV driver on a cell call speeding in the breakdown lane under sun glare conditions. NO CHARGES FILED. Scot free. Zero consequences.

    Cyclists might as well be considered squirrels, kindred roadkill occupying the shrinking gutters motorists erroneously expect you to ride in.

    License revocations would weed out the bad actors.