2 pedestrians struck, killed within 24 hours in Taunton

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TAUNTON, Mass. (WPRI) – Police in Taunton confirmed two people were hit and killed by cars while walking in the city in the past two days.

The first case was on Thursday about 7:45 a.m. on Constitution Drive, near the cross-street of John Quincy Adams Road. Police said the driver, a 57-year-old male from Shrewsbury, had struck a Swansea woman and she died.

The woman was identified Friday as Jeannine Blanchard, 54.

Less than 24 hours later, at about 5:25 a.m. Friday, a 42-year-old female driver from Taunton struck a pedestrian on Broadway (Route 138) near Coram Street. The intersection is near a gas station and not far from Coyle and Cassidy High School. The pedestrian killed was a 68-year-old male from Taunton. Police are withholding his identity until the family is notified.

As of Friday evening, there was no word on any criminal charges in either case.

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