Driver in Smithfield Subway crash expected to face criminal charges

This is an aerial view of a crash in Smithfield, Wednesday, June 7, 2023. (WCVB)

SMITHFIELD, R.I. (WLNE) — The driver of a car that crashed into a Subway sandwich shop in Smithfield Wednesday is expected to face criminal charges for the crash.

The crash, which killed one person and injured five others, happened just before 3 p.m. at the Subway at the Apple Valley Mall on Putnam Pike.

The person killed in the crash was a Subway employee and a mother, according to Town Councilman John Tassoni.

Tassoni said the driver hit multiple cars in the parking lot of the strip mall before speeding and crashing into the Subway.

He said police told him the driver’s blood alcohol content was 0.0%.

It is believed the driver came off of Route 44 and upon entering the plaza hit a car and ultimately crashed into the Subway.

The names of those involved were not immediately released.

Both the Subway and the Planet Fitness are closed until further notice because of the damages sustained.

Editor’s note: The previous article, according to the previous source, said the driver was believed to be drunk and was at Chelo’s, though new information reflects the driver’s BAC was 0.0% and did not patronize Chelo’s prior to the crash. 

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