Dog reunited with owner after wrong-way crash; driver charged with DUI

JOHNSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — A Johnston man is accused of causing a serious crash on I-295 Thursday night by getting behind the wheel while intoxicated and driving the wrong way on the highway.

Rhode Island State Police said Friday they’ve charged Robert Allyn with DUI and driving to endanger, causing bodily injury.

Police say Allyn was driving southbound on I-295 North when he hit another vehicle head-on near the Johnston-Smithfield line. His vehicle burst into flames as a result.

Allyn, 57, and the driver of the second vehicle were both transported to Rhode Island Hospital. The family of the woman who was hit said she’s in stable condition. No word at this time on Allyn’s condition, but officials said both are expected to survive.

A couple who drove by the crash said they and other passersby pulled over and rushed to help the two drivers.

“Got out of my car and ran straight towards, I ran to the Kia which, the young lady was in,” Steven Lipps recalled. “I was checking on her first, that’s when the truck started smoking, so it ended up getting in flames. A couple guys ended up helping me take down the door and bring him out and I tended to her first.”

The woman who was struck, Samantha Kennelly, had her dog Scarlett with her in the vehicle at the time, according to her fiancé, Dave Keenoy. The dog went missing after the crash but was found safe and sound Friday afternoon, about 17 hours later.

Keenoy was elated to have Scarlett back. When asked how he was doing, he replied, “A lot better. My fiancée’s alive. My dog’s alive.”

Kennelly was released from the hospital Friday and reunited with Scarlett.