Police searching for second car after street racing crash

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Police are on the lookout for a second car involved in an alleged street race on I-195 that culminated in a fiery crash Tuesday night.

Police arrested Stephen Conti after he and a passenger were involved in a crash near Exit 5 in East Providence at about 8:30 p.m.

“When they exited the roadway they struck a light pole on the right side of the road, and then after striking the light pole, they came back on to the roadway, at which time it crashed,” said Rhode Island State Police Cpt. Dennis Fleming. “The operator and the passenger exited the vehicle. The vehicle was totally engulfed in flames.”

Police said the two occupants were uncooperative and refused medical care.

“They denied any drag racing, but the witnesses were able to put that vehicle racing another vehicle, which continued on into Massachusetts,” Fleming added.

Investigators said they have a good description of the second vehicle, but have not yet released that information.

“Both drivers were endangering the lives and safety of the public, as well as themselves,” said Fleming. “It’s unbelievable that no one else was hit. It’s also unbelievable that the driver and his occupant weren’t injured.”

Conti, 20, of Rehoboth, was arraigned Tuesday on a charge of reckless driving and released on personal recognizance.

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