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Warwick Man Killed In Ives Rd. Crash

The single-car crash in Potowomut took place between 11 and 11:30 this morning.


A Warwick man, 42, died after the car he was driving struck a tree on Ives Road in the Potowomut section of Warwick late Friday morning, said Warwick police.

The man was taken to Kent Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police are withholding the man's name pending notification of his family, said Warwick police Capt. Joseph Coffey.

A witness told police that the driver was heading south on Ives Road, then drifted into the northbound lane before crashing into a tree about halfway between the two entrances to Goddard Park. Coffey said the call came in at 11:28 a.m. Traffic was diverted through the park for about 2 1/2 hours while police and rescue officials were at the scene.

According to WPRI, the man was driving an tan SUV. If you have information about the crash, Warwick police are asking you to contact Sgt. Falcofsky in the Traffic Division at 468-4293.

Police are investigating whether or not speed or alcohol were factors, Coffey said.

Eugene Quinn April 07, 2012 at 01:24 PM
I would like to see a lower speed limit on that stretch of road, where many people bike, walk, and run. There have been at least four fatalities on the stretch of road between the two Goddard Park entrances in recent memory.
Leo April 07, 2012 at 04:01 PM
The speed limit on that stretch of Ives Rd. is 40. I think that's plenty slow enough if everyone would observe the speed limit.
taylor bailey April 07, 2012 at 11:27 PM
Could the accident have been a result of a medical emergency?
carolyn April 09, 2012 at 10:56 PM
I agree with Leo... 40 is slow enough. Unfortunately many people don't observe the speed limit and go speeding up the road not taking into account the twists and turns.
Cindy Arrighi July 20, 2012 at 08:11 PM
I've lived on Ives Road for 17 years and previously visited my parents here for 11 years before that. There have always been people speeding and the police have never really done anything about it unless we call them. Then they sit in their car and maybe stop a few of them. Who knows if they really get tickets. One officer literally told me, but they are residents here and hate it when we stop them let alone give them a ticket! I was shocked! Wouldn't it be better to stop them then to let them go and possibly get into yet another fatal accident. I've been jaded by the Rhode Island mentality of protecting it's own as to not be on the black list! It's plain ol' shocking to me. Unfortunately, there will be more fatal accidents on this road, because no one wants to do anything.

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