Camera catches Cranston woman hit by car


    A Cranston woman was sent to the hospital after being struck by a car that slid down an icy hill.
    A Cranston woman was sent to the hospital after being struck by a car that slid down an icy hill.

    The accident happened just after 7:30 a.m. Thursday near Walnut Grove Ave.

    Moments before the crash, the victim, Taylor Pernini, was standing on the side of the road talking with Denise Lopresti. A Cranston police officer was already on the scene for an earlier accident and other cars stuck on the road.

    According to a police report, while the two women were talking, a car came down the hill and slammed on the brakes once the driver saw the cars in the road. The car was unable to come to a stop because of ice and headed towards Pernini and Lopresti.

    "I knew it was going to be bad," Lopresti said. "I knew it was going to hit my car or me."

    With only seconds to react, Lopresti ran behind her car, while Perini ran in front of it.

    The sliding car missed Lopresti but smashed into the parked car that then crashed into Pernini.

    "She was shaken up pretty good," said Denis Gamba of Cranston Collision Center, who was almost struck by the runaway car.

    Witnesses say an ambulance arrived minutes later and took Pernini to the hospital as a precaution.

    Gamba says if it wasn't for the police officer yelling at everyone to get out of the road seconds before the crash, it likely would have been much worse.

    "You couldn't hear anything; it was just sliding," Gamba said. "It's not like you heard brakes lock up."

    The accident was one of 46 car crashes that took place before 5 p.m. on Thursday, said Cranston police. A surveillance camera caught the dramatic scene.

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