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Cumberland Woman Killed Crossing Mendon Road

25-year-old mother dies after being struck while seeking aid for a broken-down vehicle.

A Cumberland woman on her way home from visiting her baby at Women and Infants Hospital was struck on Mendon Road Wednesday night and rushed to Rhode Island Hospital. She was pronounced dead on Thursday.

Krystal Lynn Durkin, 25, was reportedly having car troubles and the van she was driving may have been out of gas when she attempted to cross the road for assistance Wednesday around 11:45 p.m. The oncoming vehicle, a 1999 Toyota Corolla operated by 32-year-old Kevin Poirier, of Cranston was traveling northbound when it struck Durkin just over 300 feet from the intersection of Mendon Road and Cumberland Hill Road in the 2000 block. 

Durkin was reportedly on her way home from visiting her premature infant before the accident. 

No charges have been filed against Poirier and a preliminary investigation has shown no signs that the incident involved drugs or alcohol.  The accident is still under investigation by Lt. Todd Boisvert of the Woonsocket Police Department, although police have stated they are unlikely to file charges.

Editor's note: The name of the victim has been corrected in this article and was previously listed as Kristen Durkin

Michelle Higgins August 20, 2011 at 01:52 PM
Very nicely stated Mr. Bouchard. Thank you.
Uncle Ben August 20, 2011 at 04:38 PM
I agree, and I agree with Michelle. Thanks alot David.
give me a break August 21, 2011 at 09:40 AM
what the h--ll for all you see about 80% of the time is ya''ll gotta blame someone or something before all the facts are in' P.S. the only reason you put the p.s. is because you couldn't answer the question lights or speed so sit back and wait
xmascrl August 21, 2011 at 11:34 AM
I agree, Mr. Bouchard. Now is not the time to point fingers. Now is the time to offer our prayers and strength to the friends and family of all parties involved. This is not an easy thing to deal with for either side, I'm sure, and to have to read "Blame Game" comments doesn't make any easier.
Melissa Henault August 23, 2011 at 12:01 AM
This young woman just gave birth to a beautiful little girl a week ago who is still in the hospital. This child is now without a mother. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory. Information is listed under the JJ Duffy funeral home website. RIP Krystal. Deepest sympathies to the The Koziol and the Pianka Families.

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