Fall River mayor cited in accident

By Eric Moskowitz
Globe Staff / June 7, 2009
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Fall River Mayor Robert Correia's tour of his city with the state's top transportation official was interrupted Friday when the mayor nosed past a stop sign and into the path of an oncoming car, according to the Fall River Police Department, which wrote Correia a ticket for $100 for failing to properly stop.

The mayor was chauffeuring state Secretary of Transportation James A. Aloisi Jr., along with state Senator Joan M. Menard, and Representative Michael J. Rodrigues, in his 2003 Lexus when the front driver's side of his car was struck by a 1995 Nissan Pathfinder at the intersection of Davol and Central streets.

Kyra Cabral, the Fall River resident who was driving the Nissan northbound on Davol, told police that the vehicles collided after Correia ran the stop sign and entered the intersection.

The mayor gave a different account, telling police that he came to a stop on Central, then edged out to turn onto Davol.

Neither Correia nor Cabral could be reached for comment yesterday, and the other officials in Correia's car did not immediately return calls from the Globe.

Correia's spokeswoman, Ines Leite, told The Herald News of Fall River that the mayor immediately checked on Cabral and her passenger and was pleased no one was hurt.

"He did not see Ms. Cabral's car," said Leite, who told the paper the mayor looked both ways.

Correia and the other officials were on their way to meet a Herald News reporter to discuss transportation issues when the crash occurred, the paper said.

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