Judge: Suspect in deadly Warwick crash had previous DUI conviction

WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — A woman charged with DUI in a deadly crash had a previous drunk-driving conviction about four years ago.

A tearful Megan White, 26, of Warwick, was arraigned at Kent County District Court Monday morning on a charge of driving under the influence, death resulting. Bail was set at $15,000 with surety.

Police say White’s car was traveling south on Warwick Avenue when it struck another car that was entering from Betsey Williams Drive. The broadside collision sent both cars into a third vehicle.

Megan White appeared in Kent County District Court to face a charge of driving under the influence, death resulting in connection with a deadly crash on Warwick Avenue.
Megan White appeared in Kent County District Court to face a charge of driving under the influence, death resulting in connection with a deadly crash on Warwick Avenue.

The victim – identified as 82-year-old man Daniel McCarthy of Cranston – was the driver of one of the vehicles. Police said McCarthy was pronounced dead at Rhode Island Hospital.

Friends described McCarthy as giving, full of life, and an avid volunteer and advocate as a board member of the Mental Health Association of Rhode Island.

“He was so kind,” said neighbor Joy Harris. “He loved to walk, and he always had a walking stick and water bottle on his left belt loop. And I saw him just yesterday.”

In court, police said White originally told them she wasn’t driving and was merely a passenger in the car. However, police said they eventually learned White was behind the wheel. They said she had five or more drinks at a local restaurant and left about 20 minutes before the crash occurred.

The judge said White was previously convicted of DUI in 2013 and had other previous traffic violations.

warwick-ave-fatal-crashEyewitness News spoke with a man who identified himself as White’s fiance who said he was with White at the restaurant before they parted ways prior to the crash. He said he and White were set to be married in May and that she’s a wonderful person, but alcohol changes things.

White was released on bail and ordered not to drive.

Anyone with information related to the crash is asked to call the Warwick Police Traffic Division at (401) 468-4343.

In a separate incident, three adults and two children were taken to the hospital after a crash that happened earlier Sunday night, also on Warwick Avenue.