PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A man remains in critical condition at Rhode Island Hospital after police say he and another person were hit by a car while walking on the sidewalk in Providence.
The driver, later identified as Samuel Medina, 22, was arrested at the scene and taken to the hospital for evaluation.
According to police, a patrolman saw Medina traveling at a high rate of speed on Elmwood Avenue just after 11 p.m. when he hit another vehicle near the Stanwood Street intersection and kept driving.
After the patrolman turned on his overhead lights, police said Medina sped off and out of sight.
Another officer then came upon a crash involving Medina’s car further up Elmwood Avenue. Police said he went up on the sidewalk in the area of Sprague Street and knocked over a light pole, two sign poles and a front stair railing before hitting the pedestrians.
While a female pedestrian was able to partially avoid being struck and suffered only minor injuries, the 42-year-old man went airborne and landed about 15 feet away, according to police. On Tuesday, police said he was in surgery after suffering severe trauma to his lower extremities and a head injury.
The car, which came to a stop against a fence, caught fire as a result of the crash. Police said the officers were able to quickly put it out using extinguishers from their cruisers.
The light pole that Medina hit snapped at the base and fell onto a parked, unattended vehicle, according to police.
Medina was charged with driving to endanger resulting in personal injury and duty to stop in accidents resulting in damage to vehicle.