CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — Four people were hospitalized after a three-car crash at the intersection of Laurel Hill and Maplewood Avenues Friday night.
The wreck happened at about 6:10 p.m. and drew a crowd of onlookers from the neighborhood to the scene.
Cranston Police Chief Michael Winquist told Eyewitness News Saturday that the incident started at a home on Dyer Avenue, where 22 year-old Steven McCarthy allegedly assaulted and threatened his girlfriend at their apartment. McCarthy and a roommate, 22 year-old Devin Ford, then got into a car and fled.
Winquist said that Ford was driving east on Maplewood when he ran a stop sign and hit another car which was heading south on Laurel Hill Avenue. The force of the crash sent that car spinning into a pickup which was going in the opposite direction, causing the pickup to roll over.
Ford, McCarthy and the drivers of the two other vehicles were all taken to the hospital for injuries which are not life-threatening, Winquist said.
Ford was summonsed for driving on a suspended license, although Winquist said additional charges were likely as the police investigation continued. McCarthy was charged with simple assault and disorderly conduct for the alleged incident on Dyer Avenue.