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3 injured in auto-pedestrian crash in Providence intersection

A woman pushing a stroller with two small children inside was struck by a vehicle in Providence on Sept. 7, seriously injuring the toddlers.

The accident happened shortly before 8 a.m. The trio was hit at the intersection of Dexter Street and Potters Avenue, right in front of the day care center attended by the 3-year-old girl who was injured.

In addition to the injured girl, a 2-year-old boy was knocked from the stroller by the impact. First responders transported both children to to Hasbro Children's Hospital, where their conditions were listed as serious.

The adult who accompanied them that morning was not their mother. She was treated for minor injuries at Rhode Island Hospital after being knocked down by the car.

The CEO and president of Genesis Center told a news source, "Cars just speed through there all the time. We have so many accidents. It's common that...I hear a crash. It's tragic and our hearts go out to the family."

The driver who hit the three is 40 and a Providence resident. While no charges were immediately filed, the investigation continues, with accident reconstruction experts determining the sequence of events in the incident.

In similar accidents, it should be noted that it is not necessary that another driver face criminal charges or even get a traffic ticket in order for an injured party to pursue a claim for damages. While sometimes criminal charges can be useful to bolster a civil case that stems from the same accident, a skilled and knowledgeable personal injury attorney can build a strong case without relying on criminal offenses.

Source: NBC 10 News, "2 toddlers, 1 adult struck by car in Providence," Crystal Bui, Sep. 29, 2016

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