WARWICK, RI — Rhode Island State Police are investigating a crash between two motorcycles and an SUV on Rte. 95 north Saturday night before the exit ramp for Rte. 295 at 10:45 p.m. that left one motorcyclist killed, one of three highway fatalities this weekend.
Following the Warwick crash, the rider of the first motorcycle, Dervi Pena, 34, of 85 Andem St., Providence, was thrown from his vehicle. He was transported to Kent Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The rider of the second motorcycle was taken to Kent Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. A third motorcycle crashed when the operator tried to avoid the collision. He also was taken to Kent Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the SUV was not hurt.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the Rhode Island State Police Wickford Barracks, the Collision Reconstruction Unit and the Forensic Services Unit.
“We strongly encourage all motorists to be extra vigilant when driving cars and motorcycles,” Colonel Assumpico, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police, said. “Buckle up – or wear a helmet if operating a motorcycle. Don’t speed. Don’t drive while impaired by alcohol or drugs. Don’t drive while distracted. Also, pay attention to other motorists on the roads to protect yourself.”
Two other vehicle crashes resulted in fatalities this weekend, which State Police reported are still under investigation:
- A 26-year-old Scituate resident died after the vehicle he was driving crashed and caught fire on Route 6 west, near the onramp for Interstate 295 South, in Johnston at approximately 11:10 a.m. this morning. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
- A 31-year-old resident of Stoughton, MA, died after losing control of his motorcycle on Interstate 95 South near Exit 27 in Pawtucket at approximately 10:30 a.m. The victim was taken to Rhode Island Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The investigations into those crashes are continuing.
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