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Man faces charges in fatal pedestrian accident

An Attleboro man is facing charges that he was driving negligently when he killed a man and ­injured a young girl who were crossing a Whitman street last month, the Plymouth district attorney’s office said Friday.

Whitman police are seeking a complaint charging Richard C. Brown, 46, with negligent motor vehicle homicide, operating to endanger, speeding, and failure to yield to a pedestrian, said the office of Plymouth District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz.

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On Sept. 9, Edward Cordwell Jr., 38, of Whitman, was crossing Temple Street around 2 p.m. with his girlfriend’s 4-year-old daughter when they were struck by Brown’s pickup truck. Cordwell, who sustained fatal airway injuries, was pronounced dead at a Brockton hospital soon after the accident.

The girl, who survived, was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital by medical helicopter for her injuries.

Fire Chief Timothy Grenno has said that there have been frequent vehicle crashes on Temple Street and cited speeding. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney David Belger.

Sarah N. Mattero
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