DA: Elderly Fall River Woman Killed in Crosswalk; Driver May Face Charges
An 81-year-old Fall River woman struck by a vehicle while walking across Bedford Street Sunday morning has died, and a young driver may face criminal charges, the Bristol County District Attorney's Office announced Monday.
Fall River Police responded to Bedford and Davis Streets around 9:23 a.m. for reports of an injured pedestrian. The victim, Dolores McHenry, was rushed to Rhode Island Hospital, where she died that day. The Rhode Island Medical Examiner has accepted jurisdiction and will conduct an autopsy, the office of DA Thomas Quinn said.
The driver of a 2005 Ford Freestyle SUV stayed on the scene and was interviewed by Fall River police. The 19-year-old Westport man was issued citations for motor vehicle homicide due to negligent operation, failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, and failure to remain hands-free While utilizing a cell phone while operating a vehicle, the DA's office said.
The driver will be granted a clerk's magistrate hearing where the Clerk of Courts at Fall River District Court will determine whether probable cause exists to lodge criminal charges, according to Quinn's office.
The investigation into this incident remains active and ongoing at this time.