State Police name victims in two fatal crashes

State Police name victims in two fatal crashes

State Police have named the victims in today’s two fatal traffic crashes Sunday and are providing additional information about both crashes.

The victim of a car crash at the intersection of Route 6 and Route 295 in Johnston at about 11:10 a.m. Sunday was identified as Nicholas M. Winfield, age 26, of 571 West Greenville Road, Scituate. He was traveling west on Route 6, approaching the ramp to Route 295 south, when his vehicle struck an unoccupied truck on the left shoulder of the road and caught fire. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The victim of a motorcycle crash on I-95 in Pawtucket at about 10:30 a.m. was identified as Raymond J. Atnip, age 31, of 32 Porter Terrace, Stoughton, Mass. He was traveling south on I-95 when he lost control of his motorcycle while negotiating a curve. He was ejected from the motorcycle after it crashed into a concrete barrier in the high-speed breakdown lane. He was transported to Rhode Island Hospital, where was he was pronounced dead. He was wearing a helmet at the time.

Both crashes remain under investigation.

In addition, a Providence resident died Saturday night at around 10:45 p.m., while operating one of two motorcycles that collided with an SUV on I-95 north while approaching the exit ramp for Route 295 in Warwick. The operator of the first motorcycle, identified as Dervi Pena, 34, of 85 Andrem St., Providence, was thrown from his motorcycle. He was transported to Kent Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The operator of the other motorcycle was transported to Kent Hospital for treatment of injuries, but was expected to live. A third motorcycle crashed when the operator tried to avoid the collision. He also was taken to Kent Hospital with injuries.
 
“We strongly encourage all motorists to be extra vigilant when driving cars and motorcycles,” said Col. Ann Assumpico, of the State Police. “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.”
 
Assumpico noted that additional troopers have been assigned to patrol throughout the weekend. From 12:01 a.m. Thursday through 3 p.m. Sunday, State Police had arrested 10 people for driving while intoxicated. They als issued more than 200 citations including 153 speeding tickets, 60 seatbelt violations, and 11 violations of the state’s hands-free law prohibiting the use of hand-held cell phones and other electronic devices. Assumpico encourages anyone who sees someone driving in an unsafe or dangerous manner to immediately call 911.