Police: Speed may be factor in deadly Cranston motorcycle crash

West Bay

CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) – Cranston police are trying to piece together what happened leading up to a deadly motorcycle crash overnight.

Sgt. David Jubinville told Eyewitness News officers responded to Pontiac Avenue near Branch Avenue around 11:55 p.m.

Jubinville said a motorcyclist was traveling south on Pontiac Avenue away from Rolfe Square when he crossed the double yellow line, hit the curb, then struck a fire hydrant.

The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Jubinville. While police are not releasing his name until the medical examiner confirms his identity, he said the victim appears to be a man in his mid-30s.

No other vehicles were involved in the crash. However, police said the motorcycle narrowly missed hitting a car head-on.

Area residents say the bend in Pontiac Avenue where the crash took place has always been problematic.

“People aren’t aware that they’re coming up to it and they’re not following the speed limit and they come around that corner and they’re not prepared,” Susan Skorupa said.

Dorka Corporan told Eyewitness News she often hears sirens in the area and worries about crossing Pontiac Avenue with her young grandson.

“The cars are really fast in the morning,” she said. “They’re really not thinking. They just want to get from point A to point B. A lot of times they don’t pay attention.”

“I know since I’ve been living here—only a month—there’s been like a few accidents,” Corporan added.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation. Jubinville said it’s believed speed may have been a factor.

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