Woman, 87, hit and killed by tractor-trailer in Cranston

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CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — A Cranston woman died Friday morning after she was hit by a tractor-trailer.

The woman has been identified as Eva Robinson, 87.

According to Cranston Police Major Todd Patalano, Robinson was struck around 10:30 a.m. on Cranston Street in the area of Weston Avenue. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Patalano said the initial investigation revealed the tractor-trailer was the first vehicle stopped at a red light at McCabe Street, directly in front of a crosswalk. When the light turned green, the truck started moving and it was then Robinson tried to cross the street, according to Patalano, and the driver was unable to see her.

Noticing something was wrong, the driver immediately stopped before realizing what happened, Patalano said, adding there was no evidence of impairment or wrongdoing. Both the driver and the company are cooperating with the investigation and there are no charges pending at this time.

There was, however, an arrest made at the scene, but Patalano said it was unrelated to the crash itself.

Philip Calabro, 29, of Cranston, was taken into custody on charges of obstructing police and resisting arrest.

According to Patalano, as police were investigating, Calabro entered the accident scene and refused to leave, despite officers’ orders.

“The officers acted swiftly as he became belligerent yelling and holding his skateboard in the air to get the attention of the media as to what we believe, so he could be seen on camera and get some publicity at the expense of the victim and this investigation,” Patalano said. “He is not related in any way to the victim or the operator and is unfortunate that this individual would sink to this level for attention.”

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