BRISTOL, R.I. (WPRI) — A 6-year-old boy died Tuesday after he was hit by a vehicle in Bristol.
According to police, the boy was struck as he crossed Poppasquash Road just before 3:30 p.m. while riding a bicycle along the East Bay Bike Path.
He was transported to Hasbro Children’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.
Police confirmed Wednesday the 6-year-old was from Somerset.
The driver, a 21-year-old woman from Canton, Connecticut, was traveling west on the roadway from Hope Street when the collision occurred, according to police.
The incident remains under investigation by Bristol Police and the Rhode Island State Police Accident Reconstruction Unit.
A small memorial has grown on the scene, including flowers, an angel and rosary beads.
Steve Annarummo of Bristol was one of many residents who said the intersection of Poppasquash Road and the East Bay Bike Path is incredibly dangerous, since there are no stop signs for motorists and there are for cyclists.
“Not only that, but [the sign is] very small!” Annarummo said of the stop sign for cyclists. “That thing should be sticking out, glaring lights here, ‘Stop! Stop!’ And instead, it’s up there. You’re telling me a 6- or 7-year-old boy is going to see that sign up there? No, it’s not going to happen.
Witnesses said the boy was with his parents and his two sisters when he was hit.
“This is the third fatality involving a young child in the last 36 years,” Annarummo said of the spot.
There is a stone bearing faded white and blue paint, memorializing 12-year-old Mario Raposo, who was killed on the last day of school in 1998 while riding his bike at the corner of Poppasquash Road and Hope Street. It was around the same time in 1981 when an 11-year-girl was struck and killed walking her bike across Hope Street.
“It’s just a really bad spot and unfortunately this town has to go through this for the third time involving a young child. It’s unbelievable. Unbelievable,” Annarummo said.