RI transit chief resigns after hit-and-run accusation

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By Madison Lucchesi

CEO of the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA), Scott Avedisian, resigned on Thursday. Avedisian handed in a letter of resignation to Governor Dan McKee after being accused of a hit-and-run two weeks prior

The former mayor of Warwick pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charge. He is accused of causing a three-car accident in a Warwick McDonald’s drive-thru before fleeing the scene.

The RIPTA board of directors privately met on Thursday to discuss Avedisian’s situation. Avedisian became CEO in 2018, and the next CEO has yet to be named. 

Avedisian resigned because his efforts in the RIPTA were overshadowed by the accusation he shared in his letter of resignation. He wrote, “I regret that the good work of the employees is being detracted by my actions.”