JOHNSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — A Rhode Island man died early Friday morning in crash on I-295 in Johnston.
The crash took place at about 5 a.m. near southbound Exit 6A to Route 6.
According to Rhode Island State Police, the preliminary investigation showed the SUV struck a deer, lost control, and rolled over several times, coming to a stop on its passenger side.
Police said the driver was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle, suffering fatal injuries.
Rhode Island State Police Capt. Dennis Fleming said nothing can be done to prevent wildlife from appearing in the middle of the road, so the best drivers can do is be alert and always wear a seat belt.
Wildlife officials say peak deer season is in the Fall, especially November – but collisions can happen at any time.
“It’s just another obstacle that drivers must be aware of – of animals crossing the roadway,” Fleming said.
Experts urge drivers to slow down at dawn and dusk and use high beams whenever possible.
The crash tied up traffic in the area for about an hour, but all lanes have since been reopened.
The incident remains under investigation.