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September 5, 2007
Motorist charged in cyclist's death on Rte. 1
CHARLESTOWN – The police today charged the driver of the sport-utility vehicle that hit and killed a cyclist on Route 1 yesterday with driving to endanger, death resulting.
Pamela J. Hurst, 59, was arrested on a warrant this afternoon at her 17 Danielle Ave. home in Westerly, Charlestown Lt. Jack Shippee said.
The police say Hurst was driving her Buick Rendezvous south on Route 1 around 4 p.m. Tuesday, when she veered into the breakdown lane, striking a cyclist traveling in the same direction.
The cyclist, Frank J. Cabral, 41, of 90 Sheffield St., Warwick, was pronounced dead at the scene. The police say Cabral was staying at a cottage on Matunuck Beach Road and had decided to go for a ride.
Witnesses said Hurst left the road about 200 feet north of where Cabral was cycling, Shippee said. The damage to the SUV is on the front hood, windshield and roof on the driver’s side, he said.
Hurst was treated and released from Westerly Hospital and showed no signs of intoxication, Shippee said.
“We’re not sure why she drifted out of her lane of travel,” Shippee said. The speed limit along that stretch of road is 50 mph.
Hurst was expected to be arraigned before a justice of peace and to appear in District Court, South Kingstown, next Thursday.
Phone calls to Hurst’s home were not answered. Federal campaign finance records identify her as an employee of the Lockheed Martin Corp.
-- Journal staff writer Katie Mulvaney
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