A Massachusetts man was drunk and driving the wrong way when he killed two people in a crash on a Providence highway early Sunday, Rhode Island State Police said.
State police said 24-year-old Joel Norman of Webster was charged with drunken driving resulting in death, and driving to endanger resulting in death.
The crash occurred on Route 6 shortly after 1:30 a.m. Sunday near Toby Street in Providence.
Police identified the victims as 21-year-old Tiffany Sical of Providence, the driver of the car struck by Norman’s vehicle, and her passenger, 23-year-old Bryan Rodriguez-Solis of Central Falls.
“I hope there is justice for my cousin and his girlfriend. I hope he gets more than five years in jail,” said Jennifer Rodriguez.
Family members say they had a 6-year-old daughter, Jaylene, and planned to marry in September.
“What is she going to do? Even though she will be OK with family, she needs her parents, her mom and her dad,” Rodriguez said.
“(Jaylene) kept asking for her parents,” said Rodriguez-Solis’s sister, Jehieli Rodriguez. “We told her they will be coming soon.”
Norman was held on $100,000 bail.
Norman has been deemed an immediate threat and his license has been revoked, according to the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles.