SWANSEA, Mass. (WPRI) — A 12-year-old girl suffered serious injuries after being struck by a vehicle in Swansea on Wednesday.
Police said the girl was hit around 2:20 p.m. while walking in the sidewalk/bike lane on Milford Road. She was semi-conscious when officers arrived on scene.
The girl was taken to Hasbro Children’s Hospital for treatment. Her dad told police she is banged up, but OK.
The driver, an 18-year-old from Swansea, allegedly lost control of the vehicle, jumped the curb and hit the victim, according to police. The driver remained at the scene after the crash.
Police told 12 News that speed does not appear to be a factor, but the incident remains under investigation.
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“You always see kids walking around here,” said Jill Grandmaison, who lives on Milford Road. “To hear of that is really saddening.”
Grandmaison said people often speed up and down the road, adding that people treat it “like their own drag strip.”
“It’s honestly unbelievable,” Grandmaison added. “My son is 11, my daughter is five. Honestly, it would be tragic to hear if one of their friends had something happen to them.”
According to Grandmaison, there are speed bumps further down the road near a library. She wishes speed bumps could be installed near her home, close to where the collision occurred.
“Why isn’t there one near the park where all the young kids go?” she asked. “If something happens, somebody doesn’t see, their kid runs out, people aren’t going to have enough time to slow down.”