Man killed after being hit by vehicle in Providence


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A 46-year-old man has died after he was struck by a vehicle in Providence Sunday night, according to police.

Phetsamone Ratsabout was attempting to cross Smith Street around 11:30 p.m. when he was struck by a Toyota Rav-4. The driver stopped immediately and was cooperative with police.

Witnesses say Ratsabout had a disability that did not allow the use of his legs for walking. They say he was crossing the street in a way where he was using his hands and feet to scoot across the road at an area not marked with a crosswalk.

Ratsabout was rushed to Rhode Island Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

According to police, the driver showed no signs of operating under the influence and there were no indications of distracted driving. The driver told officers on scene that at no time did she see Ratsabout in the road.

No additional information has been released.

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