Providence man charged in fatal wrong-way crash

Photo Courtesy of Chris Palmer.

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) —  Rhode Island State Police say a woman involved in a wrong-way crash on I-95 had no vital signs when paramedics arrived on the scene of the accident.

The driver of the vehicle, 23-year-old Jeremy Leiva of Providence, is under arrest and facing several charges including driving under the influence, death resulting, and driving to endanger.

Leiva remains in the hospital and has been arraigned there by the justice of peace. His bail has been set to $40,000 surety. His court date is pending his release from the hospital.

According to the state police, troopers took a 911 call just before 1 a.m. reporting a vehicle going south in the northbound lanes of I-95 in Pawtucket, near Exit 26. That vehicle hit a pickup truck head-on in the high-speed lane shortly after that 911 call.

Troopers responding to the crash suspected that Leiva was intoxicated. He was arrested and consented to a blood test at the hospital, the results of which aren’t yet known.

The passenger in Leiva’s car, a 26-year-old woman whose name is not yet being released, was pronounced dead at Rhode Island Hospital.

A 33-year-old Taunton woman was driving the pickup truck that Leiva hit; she was hospitalized with serious injuries. The passenger, a 44-year-old Taunton man, was also hurt.

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