Woman dies in Richmond crash, driver charged

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RICHMOND, R.I. (WLNE) — Richmond Police announced a 36-year-old man has been charged after a crash that left a 37-year-old woman dead.

Authorities told ABC6 News crews responded to Heaton Orchard Road around 1:14 a.m., for the report of a single motor vehicle crash.

Upon arrival, officers found a heavily damaged vehicle and the body of an unidentified female who had been ejected from the car, but the operator could not be found.

After several hours, around 5:25 a.m., officers located the suspected operator, identified as Rudolph V. Alexander, of South County Trail, Charlestown.

He was seen walking along Heaton Orchard Road approximately 300 feet from the crash site Richmond Police said.

He was transported to Kent Count Hospital for minor injuries.

“Police conducted accident reconstruction at the scene of the crash and determined that the operator had traveled north on Heaton Orchard Road at a high rate of speed (in a posted 25-MPH-zone) and at a right bearing curve, he traveled into the opposite lane of travel for nearly 380 feet before losing control and exiting the roadway where the driver’s side of his vehicle sideswiped a standing tree before striking a large tree head-on. The impact from the head-on collision caused the vehicle to spin violently across the roadway in a counter-clockwise manner ejecting the female passenger who was not wearing a seatbelt,” said Chief Elwood Johnson in a press release.

Alexander was charged with a felony count of Duty to Stop – Leaving the Scene of an Accident Resulting in the Death of a Person, and held on $10,000 bail with surety.

“Alexander was ordered held without bail and remanded to the ACI’s Intake Service Center on a bail violation stemming from a separate matter in which he was charged with Leaving the Scene of an Accident with Damage to Attended Vehicle by the Westerly Police Department on May 13, 2017,” added Chief Johnson.

The name of the deceased victim will be withheld pending notification to family members.

The investigation is ongoing.

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