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Jack Foley, Herald News
One of the three young pedestrians struck on Bedford Street Monday afternoon is placed in a Fall River Fire Department rescue vehicle.

Jack Foley, Herald News
Just before leaving the scene, the distraught driver pauses briefly to speak with acting Sergeant Raul Camara as he removes the plates from her car, which was impounded.

By Will Richmond
Herald News Staff Reporter
Posted Sep 08, 2008 @ 10:48 PM
Last update Sep 08, 2008 @ 10:49 PM

Fall River -
Three people were sent to local hospitals after being hit with a vehicle as they crossed Bedford Street.
Police Deputy Chief Alfred Morrissette said a 3-year-old and two women believed to be teenagers were crossing the street in front of the Xtra Mart at 1012 Bedford St. at approximately 4:50 p.m. Monday when they were struck by a Nissan Pathfinder traveling west. There is no crosswalk in the area.
Morrissette said one of the teenagers suffered the worst injuries, though further information on any of the three injured was not made available Monday night.
The Pathfinder was driven by a young women, who could be seen crying and smoking a cigarette while sitting in the passenger seat of the SUV as police worked around her vehicle. Her vehicle suffered front-end damage and a spider hole appeared in the center of the vehicle's windshield.
The driver was picked up by another woman and left the scene. An officer at the scene said the driver was being summoned to court.
Josh Furtado said he was driving east on Bedford Street and stopped to let the trio of pedestrians pass and said the Pathfinder continued traveling despite the crossing group.
"It was like she wasn't even going to stop," Furtado said as he watched police investigate the scene.
The accident drew a large crowd of onlookers who gathered on both sides of Bedford Street.
A woman who only gave her first name, Tracie, said she was at the Xtra Mart working on a memorial on the corner of Bedford and Stinziano streets said she heard the vehicle hit the and looked up to see a girl "flying" through the air. Tracie estimated the girl landed 20 to 30 feet from where she was hit.
The accident is the second violent incident to occur in the last nine days after a man died when the car he was driving veered off of Bedford Street and collided with a pair of steel support beams holding a sign outside of the Xtra Mart.
As Tracie, who was there with a small child in a stroller and two other women with children, stopped from working on the makeshift memorial in recognition of that man, Hector Santiago, she said it is not unusual to see vehicles driving with reckless abandon on Bedford Street.
"A lot of people be speeding, or be on the phone and not paying attention when they're driving down here," she said. "There's a park right there with kids, maybe there should be a crosswalk for people to cross so they can get to the store."

Bedford Street crash victim remains in critical condition

Other 2 children who were hit have been released

By Will Richmond
Herald News Staff Reporter
Posted Sep 09, 2008 @ 04:45 PM
Last update Sep 09, 2008 @ 05:33 PM

Fall River -
One of the three people hit while attempting to cross Bedford Street Monday afternoon remains in critical condition, police said.
Taina Cechinel, 12, was taken to Hasbro Children's Hospital in Providence Monday night after suffering the worst injuries among the three children who were who were struck.
Police spokesman Sgt. Thomas Mauretti said Cechinel had internal and head injuries and broken ribs. Mauretti said Cechinel is listed in critical condition but is stable. She was initially taken to Charlton Memorial Hospital, then transferred to Hasbro.
Mauretti said the other two children involved in the accident have been released from local hospitals. He said Jalyn Bonanca, 13, was treated for minor injuries at Charlton, while 3-year-old Yananda Duarte was released after receiving care at Hasbro.
Mauretti said Duarte was taken to the Providence hospital due to his age and the nature of the crash.
Duarte and Cechinel are brother and sister, Mauretti said.
The driver of the 1999 Nissan Pathfinder, Elizabeth Peixoto, 24, of 22 Arthur St., has been summonsed into court, Mauretti said, on charges of negligent operation of a motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle with a revoked registration and operating an uninsured vehicle.
Mauretti said witness reports indicate Peixoto was driving at a high rate of speed as she traveled east on Bedford Street.
"Several witnesses recalled one of the children being struck and thrown a considerable distance," Mauretti said, citing reports from investigating officer Anthony Barbour.
He said witnesses estimated one child was thrown 40 feet from the point of impact.
According to witnesses' accounts made to The Herald News immediately following the accident, the three children were attempting to cross in the area of 1012 Bedford St. Mauretti said Peixoto pulled over immediately after the accident.
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