PAWTUCKET â€” Taking her eyes off the road for a minute proved costly to a city woman whose 2011 Suzuki struck a utility pole and a fire hydrant near 8 Randall Street on Monday just after 4 p.m., police said.
Pawtucket Police Sgt. Roy Clary said that when police arrived, they found the Suzuki resting on the sidewalk and a fire hydrant that had snapped from its base underneath the vehicle. A severely damaged utility pole lay about 20 feet behind the car.
Clary said the driver, Sue Lene Garcia, 24, of North Bend Street, told police she was was traveling on Randall Street when she dropped a piece of paper on the the floor of her car. She said she attempted to retrieve it but when she looked away from the road momentarily, she lost control of her vehicle and it struck both the utility pole and the hydrant.
Clary said that Garcia had no visible signs of injury but complained of back pain. The Suzuki sustained heavy damage. He said that Garcia was issued a citation by police for leaving the lane of travel.