DARTMOUTH, Mass. (WJAR) — A 20-year-old Rhode Island man died in a single-car crash in Dartmouth, police said.
According to authorities, Travis Rainville, 20, succumbed to his injuries a few hours after a silver pickup truck hit a utility pole on Old Fall River Road late Sunday night.
“The pole was completely broken off — severed — and it was laying on the middle of the road,” Detective Kyle Costa of the Dartmouth Police Department told NBC 10 News.
Four other people were seriously injured and transported to the hospital.
“They had serious injuries, but non-life threatening, so all are expected to make it through without any problems,” Costa said.
The driver was Gage Dyson, 20, of Riverside. Police believe Dyson and his passengers were not wearing seat belts at the time of the incident
“All we know is they weren’t familiar with the area,” Costa said. “They were on their way back from some type of function that they attended at a nearby town.”
Authorities said it’s too early to know if the driver had been speeding or drinking.
“We’re looking at everything as factors, to be honest with you,” Costa said.
Police don’t know yet what, if any, charges will be filed against the driver.
Police hope this crash serves as a reminder to be especially cautious when driving through unfamiliar areas.
“It’s sad,” Costa said. “You try to learn a lesson from everything whether it’s good, bad or indifferent. And, you know, hopefully this brings to light that no matter your age, you always have to act responsibly when you’re behind the wheel of a car.”
The crash is being investigated by Massachusetts State Police Detectives assigned to the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office, Dartmouth Detectives, and the Dartmouth Police Department Crash Reconstruction Unit.
Source: Turn to 10