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WESTERLY — Two local residents are recovering from what police have called minor injuries after they were struck Tuesday while walking along town roads.

Westerly Police Chief Shawn Lacey said the incidents were not related, and that both victims were taken to Westerly Hospital. They were released following treatment.

According to Lacey, the first incident occurred along Granite Street just before 9 a.m. Lacey said two women, both 18-year-old students of Westerly High School, were walking home after exams and were in a crosswalk near the Family Dollar when one of them was struck and thrown to the ground, suffering bruising and cuts.

The driver, a 16-year-old boy and Westerly High School student, told police he was northbound along Route 1 and noticed a car stopped in the left travel lane, but did not see the pedestrians. He said he tried to brake before hitting the woman. Lacey said he was cited with failure to yield the right of way.

Around 4 p.m., police said a 58-year-old Bradford man suffered a minor injury when he was struck by another resident of the area who was backing out onto North Main Street in the area of Bradford Pizza Mart.

Police said the driver, a 72-year-old man, called the incident in and told officers he never saw the victim, but stopped when he heard a thud. The man complained of leg pain and was taken to Westerly Hospital for evaluation and later released.

The driver will not face charges, Lacey said.

jvallee@thewesterlysun.com

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