Around 3:30 p.m., Sept. 27, a pickup truck was traveling south on Dyer Avenue when the driver-side front tire and rim became dislodged from the vehicle, according to Cranston Police.
“The tire and rim continued to roll in a southerly direction and struck a 13-year-old girl from Cranston while crossing the road on foot with her two friends near Oxford Street,” according to a Cranston Police press release. “The tire and rim struck her head-on with the momentum, causing her to fall backward. The pickup continued to travel south after losing the rim and tire until the axle snapped from the force of the pavement and came to rest a short distance away.”
Cranston Police said the department’s Traffic Unit is investigating the incident
The victim “was immediately transported to Hasbro Children’s Hospital by Cranston Fire and Rescue, where she remains in intensive care,” according to police. “While the girl has serious injuries, including a concussion, she is expected to survive.”
Police said that while the investigation into the crash remains active, alcohol/drug impairment or speed are not suspected of being factors in the crash.
“The 43-year-old driver, also from Cranston, remained on the scene before the arrival of responding Officers and has been cooperative,” according to Cranston Police. “The driver stated he purchased the vehicle yesterday from a private party. State inspectors will further examine the vehicle to determine what may have caused the tire to dislodge. The driver may face motor vehicle charges once the investigation concludes.”
Cranston Police Chief Col. Michael J. Winquist said, “All members of the Cranston Police Department are praying for a speedy recovery for the young girl who was injured this afternoon as she was walking home to school.”
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