PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A Massachusetts man appeared in court Monday, after he was charged with killing two people in a head-on crash on Route 6.
The crash happened on Route 6 East at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday, near Tobey Street.
Joel Norman, age 24, has been accused of driving the wrong way when his car hit a young couple in a Honda Civic head-on. Norman’s parents live in Webster, Mass. but his lawyer says he currently resides in North Providence.
Tiffany Sical, 21, of Providence, and 23-year-old Brayan Rodriguez-Solis, of Central Falls, were pronounced dead at the hospital. Both were wearing their seatbelts.
Norman, on the other hand, walked away from the crash failing several field sobriety tests, according to police.
“They were hard working and caring people, and you don’t want to see this happen to anybody you know, and it’s just tragic for everybody involved,” said David Barrington, a family friend.
Norman appeared before a judge on Monday at the ACI — he was visibly upset, wiping tears away with his hands. The judge maintained his $100,000 with surety bail, despite his attorney’s request to lower it to $50,000.
Outside the ACI, his attorney would not comment about the crash, though he did tell reporters that Norman was seriously injured.
State Police say he never reported any injuries to them.
Meanwhile, the family of the victims are calling for justice.
“The punishment should match the crime, because when you kill two people that’s a crime,” said Tiffany’s father, Byron Sical.
“He took my daughter’s life and Brayan’s life. And that’s not fair,” said Lissett Sical.
Norman has been charged with two counts each of DUI, death resulting. The families are calling for upgraded charges to manslaughter.
Barrington has set up a GoFundMe page for the couple’s child, saying the page has already raised more than $6,000 out of their $10,000 goal.
“It just shows that the community is really supportive of each other. And nobody wants to see anything like this happen to somebody.”