Police: Speed a factor in Cranston crash that sends four to the hospital

CRANSTON, R.I. (WLNE)- Cranston police were on the scene of a multi-vehicle traffic accident that sent three drivers and a pedestrian to the hospital Monday night.

Police said two vehicles were traveling southbound on Broad Street at a high rate of speed, when a Nissan Frontier driven by 19-year-old Jacob Gardner, of Warwick, crossed the center yellow lines and attempted to overtake another vehicle, driven by George Rodriguez, 30, of Providence.

A curve in the road caused Rodriguez to strike a third car that was pulling out onto the roadway. Gardner attempted to break and as his car slid sideways, he lost control, striking the curb and rolling over before hitting a pedestrian, according to a statement from Colonel Michael J. Winquist, Chief of the Cranston Police Department.

Winquist had stated that the drivers appeared to be street racing.

“Reckless driving and excessive speed by Gargner and Rodriguez is the apparent cause of the crash,” Winquist said.

Gardner was transported to the hospital for minor injuries and returned to the Cranston Police Department. The operator of the third vehicle struck by Rodriguez was transported to the hospital with minor injuries, was treated and released.

The pedestrian, a 37-year-old female from Smithfield, was transported to the hospital with serious injuries. As of this morning, she remains hospitalized in serious but stable condition.

“I just hope everything’s OK, and I hope she pulls through, and it’s just I’m sorry this happened to them,” Jessie Brosnahan, a business owner in the neighborhood, said.

According to a Facebook post from another business, Crepe Corner in Pawtuxet Village, the woman hit by the truck appeared to be identified as their co-owner Natacha Legein.

Gardner and Rodriguez were held overnight at Cranston Police Department headquarters. They were arraigned this morning on  charges of driving to endanger, personal injury resulting, and reckless driving, drag racing.

According to authorities, bail for both defendants was set at $5000 with surety. A pre-arraignment is scheduled for December 14, 2020.

Rodriguez was ordered held as a superior court violator on a separate case.

Both Gardner and Rodriguez will also be issued multiple traffic violations.

©WLNE-TV/ABC6 2020

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