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7-year-old girl struck by vehicle in Portsmouth

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — A 7-year-old girl was struck by a vehicle while walking across a crosswalk Sunday afternoon, according to Portsmouth police. The girl is in stable condition and recovering from injuries.

On Sunday, June 23, at 3:34 p.m., the Portsmouth Police responded to East Main Road near Stubtoe Lane for the report of a motor vehicle accident involving a pedestrian.

Upon police arrival, officers determined that a 19-year-old male, Benjamin Manning was traveling southbound when his vehicle struck and injured a 7-year-old female pedestrian in a crosswalk.

The juvenile was transported from the scene by the Portsmouth Fire Department to Hasbro Children’s Hospital for apparent non-life-threatening injuries.

During the investigation, a 21-one-year-old passenger of the involved vehicle was found to be in possession of an open container of alcohol. The operator of the vehicle consented to the Standardized Field Sobriety Test and a Preliminary Breath Test.

As a result, it was determined he was not under the influence of alcohol when this accident occurred. The operator was cited for “Right of Way in Crosswalk” and “Presence of Alcoholic Beverage while Operating a Motor Vehicle.”

The Portsmouth Police Accident Reconstruction team was called to the scene to investigate the accident.

The 7-year-old victim is reportedly stable and recovering from her injuries.

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