FATAL MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT
Megan White, 26, of Blake Street in Warwick was arraigned Monday in 3rd Division District Court on one count of DUI Death resulting in the death of Daniel McCarthy 82 of Cranston resulting from an accident Sunday, Feb. 26 at 10 p.m. involving three vehicles on Warwick Avenue.
According to police, the car being driven by McCarthy was struck broadside by the car White was driving south on Warwick Avenue as McCarthy was entering Warwick Avenue at the intersection of Betsy Williams Drive. The impact of the collision sent the two cars crashing into a third car.
McCarthy was transported by Warwick Rescue to Rhode Island Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
Bail for White has been set at $15,000 surety bail with her next court appearance to
be scheduled by the RI Attorney General ’s Office . Members of the Warwick Police Traffic Division Accident Reconstruction Unit continue with an investigation into the facts and circumstances surrounding the crash. Anyone with information regarding the above mentioned operators or who were witnesses to the accident are asked to contact the Warwick Police Traffic Unit at (401) 468-4343.
ACCIDENT INVOLVING SERIOUS INJURIES
The Warwick Police Department responded to the area of 982 Warwick Avenue on Sunday, February 26 at 8:40 p.m. for a motor vehicle accident involving two vehicles. The investigation revealed that a southbound traveling vehicle crossed the double yellow line and struck a northbound vehicle head-on.
As a result of the collision, three adults were transported to Rhode Island Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, and two juveniles – an 8-year-old and a 2-year-old – were taken to Hasbro Children’s Hospital where one of the children was treated for serious injuries.
The driver of the southbound vehicle, 34-year-old Justin Preston of East Providence, faces numerous charges including driving under the influence resulting in serious bodily injury and operating on a suspended license.
Those with information related to the accident are asked to contact the Warwick Police Department Traffic Division at (401) 468-4343 and ask for either Captain Rathbun or Sgt. John Kelly.
On February 20 around 9:30 p.m., Officer Christian Vargas responded to Warwick Mall for a report of a missing vehicle.
According to the report, Officer Vargas met with a man in the parking lot who stated he had parked and secured his 1996 gray Oldsmobile Sierra in front of the food court around 6 p.m. He returned to the lot around 8:30 p.m. and was unable to locate his vehicle. The man notified mall security, who drove him around the entire lot in an effort to locate the car but were unsuccessful.
Officer Vargas then had Officer Walter Larson check the parking lot of the victim’s residence on Lambert Lind Highway, but that search turned up negative. The victim told officers he was in possession of the car’s keys and no one else had access to them. No broken glass was found on the ground where the car had been parked.
The victim advised that he would like to press charges if a perpetrator is found, and the case was forwarded to detectives for review.
Officer Jamey Petit was dispatched to the Bald Hill Road Walmart on February 20 around 11:25 for a report of a larceny from a vehicle.
At the scene the officer met with a woman who stated she had parked her white Toyota Corolla in the lot at the beginning of her shift at 1 p.m. When she returned at 11 p.m. she found her driver’s side window had been smashed. According to the report, the victim advised that her Pioneer car stereo, valued at $150, had been stolen from the dashboard. No other items were taken from the car.
The officer’s report indicates that there were no visible fingerprints and it is unknown how the suspect broke the window. Due to the location of where the car was parked, it was unlikely that there would be any video surveillance of the incident. The report was forwarded to detectives for review.
On February 16 at approximately 1:35 p.m., Officer Darren Parrillo responded to the Bald Hill Road Walmart in reference to a malicious damage report that had just occurred.
Officer Parrillo located the reporting party who stated he had just arrived in the lot to do some shopping at the store. As he was waiting for a parking spot, another party backed out of a spot. As the man attempted to make a left turn to park, another vehicle came from around the corner and attempted to pull into the same parking spot. The man honked his horn, and the other vehicle passed him while the driver made comments towards him.
When the victim exited his car, a female approached him while swearing and yelling, and there was an exchange of words. She continued to swear at him while he walked into the store. When the man returned to his car, he found that his driver’s side door had been keyed.
Photographs were then taken of the damage. A description of the woman’s small gray car was given, and the woman was described as a black female with short hair with a slight red tint, was about 140 pounds and about 5’4” tall. Pictures of the suspect were also obtained from surveillance footage. The report was then forwarded to department detectives for review. DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE
While in the area of Route 5 and Route 113 on February 11 around 1:45 a.m., Sergeant Jedidiah Pineau observed a dark colored SUV turn left onto Greenwich Avenue with a wide turn, then began driving back and forth in an “S” turn manner.
The SUV then accelerated to about 40 miles per hour, according to the report, and continued to swerve back and forth using both lanes of travel while driving south. It was snowing lightly at the time and the road was snow covered. The officer continued to observe the SUV drive in an unsafe manner before turning right onto Vancouver Avenue, where it could not make the turn and drove off the road into a snowbank. The car then backed up and began to drive on Vancouver before the Sergeant initiated a traffic stop.
Approaching the passenger’s side door, the driver-later identified as Gerard Theroux, 39, of 23 Cameron Way in North Attleboro, Mass. and his passenger began saying how they were just trying to get home. Sgt. Pineau’s report indicated he had difficulty speaking with the driver as the passenger continued to talk and had to be asked to refrain.
Pineau then approached the driver’s side and spoke with Theroux, who stated he was trying to take his friend home. He then told the officer he was going to another friend’s house. Theroux seemed to be confused as to where he was heading and kept changing his story.
When asked if he had anything to drink that evening, Theroux indicated he had three beers and one shot at a bar, but could not provide the name of the establishment. He was then asked to participate in a series of standardized sobriety tests, which he agreed to. During the tests, he told the officer, “My god I’m doing terrible.”
Theroux was charged with driving under the influence, first offense, refusal to submit to a chemical test, and laned roadway violations. He was later released to a sober adult.