Cyclist Struck and Killed in Providence



Cyclist Struck and Killed in Providence

Another Rhode Island cycling death.  As reported on the ABC6 site:

A hit and run has left a man dead in Providence Tuesday morning.

According to Rhode Island State Police, the accident took place on Cranston St. around 6:45 AM.

66-year-old Victor R. Rodrigues Porter was found at that time yelling out on the side of the road. When the responding trooper reached Mr. Rodrigues, he discovered he had suffered severe injuries from a hit an run. He had been riding a bicycle when the accident occurred.

Rodrigues was taken to RI Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

RISP are still investigating the neighborhood for leads and are asking for help identifying the suspect vehicle. Anyone with information is asked to call the RISP Lincoln barracks at 401-444-1100.

How could anyone, hit another person with a car and just leave the scene?  How have our societal morals degraded to a point to where this is “acceptable” to anyone?


  • jack
    Mar 23, 2010 at 8:51 am


    Well, in case you might be wondering how people can do that. Has anyone here not heard the Tony Kornheiser Radio program the other day? He an his dumbass radio pals were bemoaning the recently installed bike lane on Pennsylvania Avenue in DC. He actually called out to motorists to run a cyclist over.

    Here is the link:
    Could be attributed to a sense of entitlement that motorists feel, or maybe its just a guy that doesn't have a liscense or insuurance or both.

    Its also the feeling of anonymity one feels in a car and the lack of civic engagement that potential witness generally has. They would probably get away with it especially at 6:45 am.


  • Labann
    Mar 23, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    I'm so angry I'm planning a protest by installing a ghost bike.

    Hypocrites, none of you attends the Ride of Silence every May.

    My analysis after a decade of careful study is that motoring creates impatient monsters. "Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." High powered vehicles ought to be banned. Scofflaws ought to have licenses revoked.

  • Mar 23, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    Hypocrites, none of you attends the Ride of Silence every May.

    Hypocrites? Really, don't you think that is going a bit far? Not everyone chooses to advocate for safer cycling and mourn the loss of a fellow cyclists in the same ways, this doesn't make them hypocrites? We've published announcements for the Ride of Silence, whether people choose to join the ride is up to them. We have enough fights to wager against people who believe cyclists have no rights to the public roadways, let's not turn on fellow cyclists.

  • Mar 23, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    … one last thing. If you do place a ghost bike, let us know and we will be sure to add a link in memory of this cyclist.

  • j.wright
    Mar 24, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    I just happen to be the fiance' of the cyclists daughter and I just want to say to the Hit and Run driver that you severely devestated a entire generation of family and cut short the life of a man who lookred forward to walking his beloved daughter "Down the Aisle" this summer!

    Even if you wanted to avoid prosecution by police, you could have at least called 911 or taken him to the hospital and left him there to recieve the needed medical care!

    Rather you left him there to die!!!!! Ironically, on tuesday my family ,who happens to be related to one of the 6 youth the have been missing since 1978 finally saw thier " MURDERER COME FORWARD" to recieve prosecution! My message: COME FORWARD !!!!

  • jack
    Mar 26, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Mr. Wright, I am so sorry for your loss. I hope that this individual does come forward and give you and your family some closure.

  • Ted Lewandowski
    Mar 26, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    I drove a cab in Providence for 3 years working the night shift (4PM – 4AM) and never once did I see any Providence Police patrolling the streets – let me repeat that – not once.

    Only seen them when there was an accident or when a crime was committed.

    Cranston Street is very narrow with cars parked on both sides – which does not leave a lot of room for traffic to get by – a lot of Guatemalan residents who have no driving skills – a virtual dead man's zone (pardon the pun) in the early morning hours expect for drug dealers and night crawlers.

    Sad – and this is the Capital of RI – and Cicilline wants to run for Governor – what a joke!

  • Labann
    Mar 27, 2010 at 3:53 am


    Concur. A joke. If you listen to news, mayor's aides and policemen are being indicted for drug trafficking. What kind of operation are they running? Citizens are asking for Chief Esserman to resign. On other hand, it took mayor 7 years to agree on a contract with police, so, naturally, patrolmen were demoralized.

    West End is not quite as bad to ride as people make it out. Some side streets are more crime ridden than others. But Bucklin, Dexter, Parade and Union aren't as bad as many on East Side or Downtown. Dorrance, Exchange, Memorial, Westminster, and Weybosset are especially dicey.

  • len Smith
    Mar 29, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    This is so unexceptable.I knew Victor and he was the nicest man, and hard working.Who would ever leave a human being to die in the rain after you hit them with a car? I hope they get who did this. Victor will be missed and may he rest in peace.