Two Rhode Island men were struck and killed in Oxford late Tuesday while trying to cross Route 26 to get from Oxford Casino to the Hampton Inn, according to the Lewiston Sun Journal.
Daniel Mercardo, 31, of Providence and Ronald Nodrega, 55, of Greenville, Rhode Island, were pronounced dead at the scene, the newspaper said. The men were crossing the road around 10:30 p.m. when they were struck by a northbound pickup driven by Christine Kimball, 70, of Hampstead, New Hampshire.
Kimball reportedly couldn’t see the men crossing the road, and didn’t have time to react and avoid them. She stopped after the crash and cooperated with police, the paper said. Kimball wasn’t injured.
Oxford police said this is the first pedestrian crash on that road since the hotel was built across the road from the casino.
“There’s a blinking yellow light in the roadway, but it’s not very well lit,” Tibbetts told the Sun Journal, adding that the speed limit for that section of Route 26 is 50 mph and that there is no pedestrian crossing or signals.
Police don’t expect to file charges.