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Pedestrian killed on I-95; driver charged

October 27, 2013

PAWTUCKET — A pedestrian was killed and the driver whose vehicle allegedly struck him was charged after an accident early Sunday morning on I-95 near the Smithfield Avenue exit.

The accident took place at 4:40 a.m., Col. Steven G. O’Donnell, superintendent of the R.I. State Police, said in a press release issued by the department Sunday afternoon. The victim’s identification is being withheld pending notification of next of kin, he said.

Connor Forsythe, 20, of 607 Hope Furnace Road, Hope, R.I., the driver whose vehicle police said first struck the victim, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, death resulting, and received a summons for refusing a Breathalyzer test, O’Donnell said.

Forsythe was arraigned by a justice of the peace at the Lincoln Woods Barracks, with bail set at $50,000 with surety. He was unable to make bail and was transported to the Adult Correctional Institutions’ Men’s Intake Center in Cranston, where he was held overnight and scheduled for a bail review this morning in Sixth District Court, police said.

O’Donnell said police received a 911 call at 4:40 a.m. that a male, dressed in dark clothing, was walking in the center land of Route 95 southbound in the vicinity of Smithfield Avenue. Seconds later, another 911 call reported a subject was lying in the first lane of travel just north of the Smithfield Avenue exit. A third 911 caller then reported he had just struck what he believed to be debris in the first lane of travel.

Troopers from the Lincoln Woods Barracks, along with Pawtucket police and fire personnel, responded to the scene. O’Donnell said the responders concluded the victim had been struck by a car and was sent into the first lane, where he was hit by a second vehicle. Pawtucket Fire Department personnel pronounced him dead at the scene.

Forsythe displayed obvious signs of impairment at the scene, said O’Donnell, and was transported to the Lincoln Woods Barracks, where he refused a Breathalyzer test. A search warrant was prepared by troopers and signed by District Court Judge William Clifton, and Forsythe was transported to Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, where blood samples were drawn and will be tested by the state Department of Health.


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