By: Rachael Perry


Twitter: @RachaelABC6

JOHNSTON, R.I. (WLNE) — Rhode Island State Police have arrested the driver from the fatal crash on Route 6 East in Johnston on Tuesday.

The driver, Mr. Alpha Williams, 47, of Providence, was arrested and initial charges were upgraded to a felony charge of driving to endanger resulting in death, State Police said.  

His passenger, identified as Mr. David Johnson, 47, of Providence, was ejected from the car and passed away after being taken to Rhode Island Hospital. 

The crash, police said, stemmed from a traffic stop.

Deputy Chief Joseph Razza said an officer stopped a vehicle on Rt. 6 East around 7:00 p.m. for basic violations.

"At the initial stop, Mr. Williams nor his passenger could provide the officer with positive identification," said Deputy Chief Razza.

While the officer was at his cruiser working to verify identification, Williams fled from the scene. 

"The officer attempted to follow Mr. Williams with his lights and siren activated, but Mr. Williams continued to accelerate and eventually eluded the officer.  The officer subsequently lost sight of Mr. Williams who lost control of his vehicle as he attempted to negotiate the off ramp to Harford Avenue from Route 6 east in Providence."

Williams ended up crashing into the guardrail.

"We are still gathering additional information, but it was revealed that both the operator of the vehicle and his passenger had lengthy criminal histories," Razza noted. 

Police said Williams was also taken to Rhode Island Hosptial. 

No further information is available at this time. 

ABC6 News will update you as soon as new information becomes available.

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