CHARLESTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) — Charlestown police are investigating a fatal motorcycle crash that happened Monday afternoon on Route 1.
According to Lt. Patrick McMahon of the Charlestown Police Department, the crash happened just after 4 p.m. in the area of Post and Tamanaco Roads. Police said a car was traveling southbound when it crossed the center median and struck a motorcycle.
Police said the operator of the motorcycle was pronounced dead. He has not yet been identified, but police said he is approximately 21-years-old.
The driver of the car, a 17-year-old male from Warwick, was taken into custody on suspicion of driving under the influence, police said.
Accident reconstruction was underway for hours. Police said they don’t know if speed was a factor – but they suspect alcohol and marijuana were because both alcohol and drug paraphernalia were found in the car.
“It’s an unfortunate circumstance, at that age, you don’t think it’s going to happen to you and in this case, obviously he hasn’t been driving very long if he got his license when he was 16, he’s probably been driving for about a year,” said Lt. McMahon.
“He’s from Warwick, not familiar with the area and lost control of the vehicle after having, we believe, we suspect that he was under the influence or intoxicated, liquor and or drugs, and wasn’t able to maintain control of that vehicle, crossed over the median, struck the unsuspecting motorcyclist head on.”
Police said the suspect was taken to South County Hospital, where he was read his rights and consented to a blood test. A family court judge authorized him to be transferred to the training school for the night. He will face a judge tomorrow morning, where he will be charged with DUI, death resulting, police said.
Meanwhile, police say they will work with the medical examiner to identify the motorcyclist.