COVENTRY, R.I. (WPRI) — A 23-year-old man is being treated for life-threatening injuries after police say he crashed his car on Coventry’s Blackrock Road early Saturday morning.
Neighbors told Eyewitness News they heard the impact shortly after 4 a.m.
“All of sudden there was screeching tires and then a big crash,” said Keith O’Malley, who lives directly across the street from where the crash happened. O’Malley said he immediately called 911 then ran outside to see what happened.
That’s when he said he discovered a young man barely conscious behind the wheel of a badly-damaged, red sedan.
“I was just rubbing his arm telling him to hang on,” he said. “And then police and then the rescue arrived. It was an ordeal. And then it took a while for the Jaws of Life to get him out of the vehicle.”
Neighbors said the car failed to navigate a curve, hit a rock and went airborne before striking a tree.
Police say the 23-year-old driver was transported to Rhode Island Hospital; as of Saturday night, he was listed in critical condition.
The moments before the crash were captured on a neighbor’s surveillance camera. The video shows the car driving down the curve and leaving the frame before the moment of impact.
Neighbors said there have been numerous accidents on the curve, but none this serious in recent memory.
“Its just a busy curve. They should slow down,” said O’Malley. “There should be a curve sign above it.”
Police said the accident is under investigation. The driver’s identity has not yet been released.