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Motorcyclist in May 4 Crash Dies; WPD Still Seeks Possible Witness

Warwick Police Headquarters at 99 Veterans Memorial Drive.
Warwick Police Headquarters.
Warwick Police Headquarters.

Warwick, RI – A North Providence man critically injured in a motorcycle crash Monday afternoon has died, Warwick Police report.

Arthur Pelliccia, 57, of North Providence, was transported to Rhode Island Hospital after the single-vehicle crash at about 3:24 p.m. May 4.  He succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead May 6 at 7:18 p.m., according to a release from Warwick Police Thursday morning.

Initial investigation by the WPD Traffic Division’s Accident Reconstruction Team reports Pelliccia was travelling south on Greenwich Avenue in the area of Vancouver Avenue before making a U-turn and accelerating north.

Pelliccia lost control of the motorcycle on Greenwich Avenue just north of the Church of Christ at 934 Greenwich Ave. and the motorcycle appears to have flipped over before coming to rest. Pelliccia was thrown from the motorcycle and did not appear to be wearing a helmet.

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Police report speed appears to have been a factor in the crash.

Warwick Police are still seeking the public’s help determining the cause of the crash. In particular, police would like to speak with the driver of a green, older-model minivan style vehicle witnesses reported seeing exiting Vancouver Avenue turning left as the motorcyclist approached, causing him to slow down.

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Witnesses have told investigators Pelliccia may have exchanged words with the green minivan operator just prior to the crash, but the two vehicles are not believed to have come in contact.

The minivan continued northbound towards Rt 113, it’s driver likely unaware of the crash, according to police.

Nonetheless, WPD crash investigators hope to speak to the driver for more insight into the cause of the crash, and are asking anyone who may have witnessed the crash or has information to call the Warwick Police Department Traffic Division at 401-468-4343.

Rob Borkowski
Author: Rob Borkowski

Rob has worked as reporter and editor for several publications, including The Kent County Daily Times and Coventry Courier, before working for Gatehouse in MA then moving home with Patch Media. Now he's publisher and editor of WarwickPost.com. Contact him at editor@warwickpost.com with tips, press releases, advertising inquiries, and concerns.