SUV driver charged after crash that seriously injured motorcyclist

48-year-old Brian Larkin faces criminal charges after the Saturday night crash in Warwick. (Warwick Police Department photo)

WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) – A Warwick man has been charged after police say he crashed his SUV into a motorcycle, seriously injuring the driver.

Warwick Police say Brian Larkin, 48, of Natick Avenue struck the motorcycle around 10 p.m. Saturday on West Shore Road and then fled the scene.

The motorcycle driver, whom police identified as 33-year-old Steven Watkins of Warwick, was found in the road with what police termed “critical” injuries; he was taken to Rhode Island Hospital for treatment.

Police found Larkin and his SUV in a parking lot about a mile away on Warwick Avenue and arrested him without incident. Investigators said drugs were a factor in the crash.

Larkin was charged with Duty to Stop in Accident Resulting in Personal Injury and DUI Serious Bodily Injury Resulting.

He was arraigned at Warwick Police Headquarters on Sunday.

Police are asking the public for help in identifying any witnesses in the crash.