Woonsocket mom struck, killed by car in North Smithfield

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NORTH SMITHFIELD, R.I. (WPRI) — Tragedy has struck a local family for the second time in just a matter of months.

Candice Destefani is seen in the middle with her boyfriend on the left and Darren Harris on the right. Harris died in a June, 2019 motorcycle crash in Woonsocket. Destefani was hit and killed by a car in North Smithfield on Dec. 11, 2019. (Family Photo)

Candice Destefani, 34, of Woonsocket, died from the injuries police said she sustained after being hit by a car on Greenville Road in North Smithfield just before 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Police told Eyewitness News Destefani stepped into the road and was struck. She was rushed to Landmark Medical Center and then to Rhode Island Hospital, where she later died.

Pastor Daniel Harris told Eyewitness News Destafani was his son’s girlfriend and the couple has a 3-year-old boy.

Harris said Destefani’s death comes just months after his other son, Darren Harris – died in a motorcycle crash.

He said this latest tragedy is a heavy load for his family to carry.

“We’re having a hard time getting our bearings,” he said.

Police said the investigation is ongoing, but the driver of the vehicle involved is not facing charges and a preliminary investigation found no evidence of impaired or distracted driving.

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