Medical transport driver charged with DUI in crash that killed patient

COVENTRY, R.I. (WLNE)- 25-year  old Dauda Elegushi is facing charges that include a DUI among others, following a head on crash that killed his passenger on Saturday Nov. 27 in Coventry.

Coventry police say the passenger who died was a 77 year old woman from Coventry.

The collision took place on the intersection of Main Street and Abbotts Crossing road just before 2 p.m.

The full list of charges Elegushi faces includes:

DUI of Liquor or Drugs, Resulting in Death – 1st Offense
Driving to Endanger, Resulting in Death
Driving to Endanger, Resulting in Physical Injury
Driving to Endanger, Resulting in Physical Injury
Obstructing Officer in Execution of Duty
Driving without License – 1st Offense
Presence of Alcohol while Operating or Riding in MV- 1st Offense

The van Elegushi was driving belonged to a subcontractor of MTM, the state’s emergency medical transportation provider.

A situation Gov. Daniel Mckee is calling horrific and inexcusable.

“This is disturbing and we’re going to make sure we get the answers to this specific issue,” Mckee said.

The incident it still being investigated by State Police and The state’s Attorney General’s office.

The state’s contract with the company is now in question.

An issue that dates back prior to Mckee’s time as governor.

“We’re dealing with a contract I haven’t been happy with since the time I was lieutenant governor. It continually needs oversight and we need to find out what the next steps are but this could accelerate the next steps.”

In response, MtM has released a statement that reads in part:

“We are conducting a thorough audit of the Rhode Island transportation companies in our network to discern whether other unapproved drivers were used to transport passengers. We have notified all transportation companies of the audit and reiterated that MTM will take swift, punitive action for infractions or policy violations,” Phil Stalboerger, Vice President of Public Affairs, MTM, Inc.

Elegushi will be arraigned at Kent County Courthouse on Wednesday at 9 a.m.

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