East Providence police identify woman hit and killed by truck


EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A woman struck by a truck early Sunday morning in East Providence has died.

East Providence police confirmed Sunday afternoon that Jennifer Cabral, 38, of East Providence, died at Rhode Island Hospital after being struck at Warren Avenue near Broadway just after midnight Sunday.

A memorial now sits on the side of Warren Avenue, adorned with flowers, notes and other mementos left there by friends and family.

“It’s like I’m a walking zombie, like I have no idea what to do, what to think, how to act. And it’s pretty much just holding it together ,” said Chris Pacheco.

Cabral’s brother Chris Pacheco also visited the site, still processing the loss of his little sister.

“It was always like side by side with each other,” Pacheco said.

Cabral leaves behind a 17-year-old son. Her brother says she was the best possible mother.

“It was just constantly making sure her son was taken care of completely. Like she didn’t care about anything else except for her son,” Pacheco said.

According to police, Cabral was crossing Warren Avenue when she was hit. She was less than a mile from her home.

“She didn’t care who you were, she always tried to put a smile on peoples’ faces. Even when they seemed like they looked down and stuff. That was her attitude, making people smile,” Pacheco said.

Police said the operator of the pickup truck remained at the scene and is cooperating with their investigation. Speed and alcohol are not suspected, according to police.

The department’s traffic unit continues to investigate the crash.

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