Driver charged with causing wrong-way crash in Lincoln

LINCOLN, R.I. (WPRI) — A Warwick man was arrested Tuesday morning after police said he drove the wrong way on a Lincoln highway and caused a serious crash.

According to Rhode Island State Police, a 2016 Scion was traveling southbound on Route 99 North in the area of Sayles Hill Road just before 3 a.m. when it struck a 2010 Ford Transit head-on, which rotated counter-clockwise and hit a 2011 Chevrolet Impala.

Police said the driver of the Scion, identified as Bruce A. Choiniere Jr., was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from his vehicle on impact.

Choiniere and the drivers of the other two vehicles were taken to Rhode Island Hospital with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries, according to police.

Choiniere, 26, of Fifth Avenue, will be arraigned at the hospital on a charge of driving to endanger, causing serious bodily injury.

The crash remains under investigation. Anyone who may have witnessed the incident is asked to call the Rhode Island State Police Lincoln Woods Barracks at (401) 444-1100.

Police said a second crash came as the result of the initial collision on Route 99. While swerving to avoid the disabled Scion in the left lane, police said a 1998 Dodge Dakota struck a 2016 Toyota Corolla in the rear, forcing it off the roadway and into a tree.

The driver of the Toyota was treated for minor injuries at Rhode Island Hospital and released, according to police, while the driver of the Dodge complained of pain but declined treatment.

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