PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Rhode Island State Police are investigating a Facebook Live video apparently taken by a driver prior to a serious crash on Route 6, Capt. John Allen confirms.
According to Allen, state police believe Onasi Olio Rojas, 20, of Pawtucket, was broadcasting the video before he crashed into a garbage truck in Providence Wednesday morning.
The video shows the driver speeding and weaving in and out of traffic – reaching speeds as high as 115 mph – before appearing to lose control of the car.
“He has his camera in his right hand, videotaping himself as he’s driving, has no seatbelt on, he starts to hit speeds of 90 miles an hour which increases to 100 miles an hour, then you see several erratic lane changes where he goes from the high-speed lane to the low-speed lane, into the breakdown lane, in and out of traffic,” stated Allen, describing the video.
Rojas was taken to Rhode Island Hospital following the crash. At last check, he was in fair condition.
State police said Rojas will be arraigned from his hospital bed once he’s conscious and alert.
“Mr. Rojas just has a blatant disregard for anyone else on the road,” said Allen.
State police asked Facebook for an official copy of the video so it can be used as evidence in court, he explained. “I mean, the video makes the case. The independent witnesses certainly help, but nothing beats actually watching it on the video.”
Rojas has several previous traffic violations, according to Allen, including a citation for texting while driving.
The investigation is ongoing.
See footage from the Facebook Live video below: