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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A person has died after he was hit by a car in Providence early Thursday morning.

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Police said they responded to North Main and Randall streets around 1 a.m. and found a car in the grass that “apparently struck the victim through the intersection.”

The driver, identified as 40-year-old Kevin Gallagher Jr. of Coventry, remained at the scene and failed field sobriety tests, according to police.

Gallagher was charged with DUI death resulting and driving to endanger, along with numerous traffic violations.

The victim has not yet been identified. The crash remains under investigation.

This is the fourth deadly pedestrian crash on North Main Street alone in about a year.

The North Main Street Task Force announced in March that street lighting in the area has been increased by 85%, but said the level can’t be at 100% or else the lights will burn out.

Earlier this year, Providence City Council members signed legislation with the goal of ending all traffic fatalities and serious injuries by 2030.

“Vision Zero” is an agreement and commitment to redesigning city streets for the safety of all those who walk, bike, ride, and drive, according to the council.