Police identify man killed in Cranberry Highway pedestrian accident

May 01, 2013
Photo by: David G. Curran A pedestrian was killed after being struck by a car on Cranberry Highway on Friday evening.

A pedestrian was killed after being struck by a motor vehicle near 2816 Cranberry Highway on Friday, April 26, at approximately 8:10 p.m.

The pedestrian, who police identified as 59-year-old Wareham resident Barry Russell, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said that 19-year-old Charles Rohrbach IV of Wareham was traveling north in a 1994 Acura when he struck the man.

Rohrbach was not injured. He had not been charged as of Wednesday morning. Police are continuing to investigate the incident.

A stretch of Cranberry Highway was shut down for several hours as Wareham and State Police reconstructed the accident scene. Wareham Fire and Wareham EMS also responded.

Comments (7)
Posted by: salemsam50 | Apr 27, 2013 01:14

I pray to God it wasn't the child I saw running across the road at 5:30


Posted by: sadie | Apr 28, 2013 06:25

Thank you Jamie and the police dept for showing RESPECT to the family by not releasing the name of the deceased until ALL of the immediate family have been notified.

Salemsam50... a child was not involved in this accident. My prayers go out to the family.

Posted by: Peaches0409 | Apr 28, 2013 09:55

I feel so bad for the young man who hit him. I'm sure he never saw him coming and now has to deal with having killed someone. My best to him and his family as well as the victims.

Posted by: Andrea Smith | Apr 28, 2013 11:59

My heart goes out to the family and friends of the victim and also the 19 year old driver who was involved in the accident.


Sadie: Although not yet provided here, the victim's name along with a photo were released by a family member Friday night via social media. How fortunate families are to have social media available in times of tragedies such as this. Extended family and friends are reached with more immediacy and thus able to offer comfort and compassion more quickly.


Posted by: salemsam50 | Apr 28, 2013 15:11

I'm sorry sadie I did not mean any disrespect, and kudos for you to point it out, I did witness a child running back and forth across that streach of. .I do know the family and feel deeply for them,

Posted by: sadie | Apr 28, 2013 19:03

Salemsam50  Sorry I didn't mean to imply YOU were being disrespectful I was talking about someone else on a different site.

I also know the family and I also feel bad for the young driver.

Andrea there is a difference between a family reaching out to each other on social media and some former tabloid writer printing the person's name.

Posted by: Andrea Smith | Apr 28, 2013 19:42


I mentioned social media only, and certainly didn't intend to upset you in doing so. If you have a problem with information you saw on some other internet site, your complaint should be addressed at that site, not this site, and not through a remark directed to me on this site.



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