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Pedestrian victim ID'ed after being killed on 95

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By Alana Cerrone

acerrone@abc6.com

A 20-year-old man has been arrested after allegedly driving under the influence, hitting and killing a pedestrian walking on 95 in Pawtucket.

State Police issued a release stating that at about 4:40 am Sunday, they received a call about a man dressed in dark clothes walking in the center lane of 95 South near Smithfield Avenue in Pawtucket.

Then, they received a call that someone was lying in the first lane of the highway, just north of the Smithfield Ave. exit.

After a third caller said he had just hit some type of ‘debris' in that same area, troops went to the scene and the pedestrian was pronounced dead.

Investigations determined that the pedestrian was walking in the center lane of 95 South just north of the Smithfield Ave. exit in Pawtucket and was allegedly struck by Conner Forsythe, 20, of Hope. The pedestrian was sent flying into the first lane and was struck by a second vehicle.

Reports say that Forsythe displayed obvious signs of impairment but he refused a breathalyzer test. Blood samples drawn at Rhode Island Hospital will be tested by the RI Department of Health.

Forsythe was arraigned and charged with Driving Under the Influence, Death Resulting. Bail was set at $20,000 with surety. He was also ordered to undergo alcohol counseling and his licenses was suspended.

Forsythe was also summoned with refusal to take a breathalyzer.

The victim was identified as 25-year-old Emmanuel Martinez of Academy Avenue in Providence. The victim's friends told Police they were all at a party earlier in the evening but there is no word as to why he was walking on the highway at the time.

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