PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A Providence man was arrested Saturday, accused of driving drunk and causing a crash that killed one of his passengers.
Hector M. Diaz, 20, was arrested by Rhode Island State Police at about 3:30 a.m. following the rollover on I-95 North in Providence, south of the Point Street overpass.
According to police, the investigation revealed that Diaz lost control of the 2006 Mazda minivan, which then exited the right side of the road and struck a light pole, causing the van to roll over several times.
A 23-year-old Providence man seated in the rear of the vehicle was not wearing his seat belt and was ejected, police said. He was transported to Rhode Island Hospital, where later died. The victim’s identity is being withheld pending family notification.
Two other passengers were transported to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries and were later released.
According to state police, Diaz displayed obvious signs of impairment at the scene. Troopers placed him in custody and transported him to the Lincoln Woods Barracks where he refused a Breathalyzer test.
In coordination with the attorney general’s office, a court-authorized search warrant was prepared by troopers.
Diaz was transported to Rhode Island Hospital, where blood samples were drawn. He was arraigned on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, death resulting, reckless driving, death resulting, and driving to endanger.
Diaz held on $500,000 surety bail for violating his probation.
He’s scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Providence Sixth Division District Court. Diaz was also summonsed to Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal for refusing to submit to a chemical test.