PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Police are investigating after a Rhode Island Superior Court judge was hit by a vehicle Wednesday evening, Target 12 has learned.

Judge Richard Licht, who also served as lieutenant governor from 1985 to 1989, was hit on Smith Street while leaving the Rhode Island State House shortly after 6 p.m., according to Providence Police Col. Oscar Perez.

Richard Licht

The driver of a yellow Jeep — a woman — remained on scene following the incident. Roughly two hours after the incident she was allowed to drive away after police were seen taking pictures of the vehicle’s dashboard.

It does not appear Licht was in a crosswalk at the time he was struck.

Licht turns 75 next month. He was appointed to the Rhode Island Superior Court in 2014 by then-Gov. Lincoln Chafee after serving as Chafee’s Department of Administration director.

Capt. Richard Fernandes described the injuries as “non-life threatening.” Capt. Luis San Lucas said Licht was at the hospital in critical but stable condition. A hospital spokesperson said Licht was still being evaluated Wednesday night.

It’s unclear whether the driver will face any charges. The incident is being investigated by the department’s Traffic Division.

As word of Licht’s injuries spread, social media saw an outpouring of concern and support for the judge. State Rep. Rebecca Kislak, D-Providence, tweeted that the incident shows Rhode Island needs “a rethink of pedestrian safety.”

William Clark, Eli Sherman, Amanda Pitts and Sarah Guernelli contributed to this report.