1 killed, several injured in Atwood Avenue crash

By HERALD STAFF
Posted 7/14/21

One man was killed and several other people as a result of a head-on, two-car collision on Atwood Avenue last week, according to Cranston Police, and both alcohol and speed have been identified as likely factors in the incident. Louis A.

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1 killed, several injured in Atwood Avenue crash

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One man was killed and several other people injured as a result of a head-on, two-car collision on Atwood Avenue last week, according to Cranston Police, and both alcohol and speed have been identified as likely factors in the incident.

Louis A. Costa, 49, of East Providence was pronounced dead at the scene after being removed from his vehicle with the Jaws of Life, police said in a statement.

Three other people were transported to local hospitals with injuries described as serious but not life-threatening.

According to police, officers responded to the area of 524 Atwood Ave. following reports of the crash shortly before 11:30 p.m. on July 8. At the scene, it was found that a 2007 Nissan Sentra operated by Costa has been traveling north in the southbound lane when it collided head-on with a southbound 2012 Mercedes Benz SUV.

Police say that according to a witness, the Nissan was driving on its rim due to a blown front tire at the time of the crash.

“The witness began to follow the vehicle when he noticed the vehicle crossed over the center line and begin traveling north in the southbound lane,” the statement from police reads. “The witness indicated that the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed and ended upon impact with the Mercedes. Investigators also confirmed the crash with area surveillance video.”

The statement continues: “The traffic reconstruction unit has determined that alcohol and speed are believed to be a factor in the crash.”

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