2nd car crash for Rhode Island man results in criminal charges

Police investigators in Richmond had to piece together the events of a single-vehicle crash that killed a 37-year-old woman. She had been the passenger in a car driven by a 36-year-old man from Charlestown, who authorities found walking on the side of the road four hours after the accident.

After providing the man with medical treatment at Kent County Hospital, law enforcement charged him with leaving the scene of a fatal accident. He has been jailed without bail because of violating bail after being charged in a different car accident earlier in the year.

The news release issued by the Richmond Police Chief reported that a 911 call alerted the department to the crash on Heaton Orchard Road. Responding officers located a Honda Accord in the ditch. Outside the vehicle, they found the dead woman, who had been thrown from the car. Accident investigators determined that the vehicle had been speeding northbound on the road and drifted into the opposite lane for hundreds of feet. The vehicle then sideswiped a tree on the driver's side. After the car hit another tree head on, the vehicle spun and ejected the female passenger.

In an accident like this that includes charges against the driver, a claim of negligence might be made by victims. An attorney who represents victims of car accidents could file a lawsuit to recover compensation for lost income and medical bills. The burdens of organizing evidence and communicating with the hostile party could be handled by an attorney. Insurance coverage and the reckless driver's private assets might be awarded to the victim through negotiations led by the attorney or after a court trial.

Source: WPRI, "Woman killed in car crash in Richmond, driver charged", Neil Remiesiewicz, July 27, 2017

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