Cars, building damaged in Providence hit-and-run crash

Two cars and a building were damaged in a hit-and-run crash on Dean Street in Providence, early Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. (WJAR)

Two cars and a building were damaged in a hit-and-run crash early Friday morning in Providence.

Two people ran from the scene, and a third person went to a hospital.

One car struck the other, which went into a building on Dean Street.

"I live around the corner. I was just getting in bed. I would say there was about 20 to 30 seconds of screeching, skidding sounds, followed by a lot of smashing and glass breaking, I mean, bricks over there," a neighbor said.

According to a police report, a Hyundai was traveling through a green light at the intersection of Broadway and Dean Street when a Dodge Charger also came through the intersection.

The Hyundai struck the Dodge Charger and spun out, hitting a light pole. The Charger slammed into the building.

Police said witnesses told them they saw two men get out of the disabled Charger and run toward downtown.

The owner of the building said he heard about the crash from a report on NBC 10 News. He said the building is unoccupied and that he's owned it for about 50 years.

Neighbors said the driver of the Hyundai was taken to a hospital with injuries and that the other two in the Charger took off from the scene.

"He got out of his car and was really shaken up, and so I let him sit on the stairs. And then the other car that hit him went down the street and then they got out and ran," said Caroline Loeb, who lives in the area.

Police said they had not made any arrests.

The crash is still being investigated, and no cause has been determined. The police report says officers found a bottle of pills in the driver's side door of the Charger.

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