Authorities are seeking information from any motorists who witnessed a crash Tuesday night on Interstate 495 that killed a 21-year-old Wareham man.
Preliminary witness statements so far indicate that Michael R. Davis, 48, of Halifax, was allegedly driving his pickup truck aggressively and closely behind a vehicle driven by Kristian J. Rose.
Police radio communications indicated Davis might have also cut off Rose’s car near Exit 8 in Raynham at about 6:47 p.m. Rose lost control of his Isuzu Rodeo, which rolled several times after going off the highway, police said.
Rose was later pronounced dead at Morton Hospital in Taunton. Davis was charged with operating under the influence of alcohol and negligent operation of a motor vehicle and was released Wednesday after posting $2,500 cash bail.
The Bristol County District Attorney’s Office and Massachusetts State Police are looking to interview anyone who might have seen the events leading up to the crash.
Witnesses are urged to contact state Trooper Chad Laliberte at 1-866-SOLVE-07 (1-866-765-8307), and leave a message with their name and contact information.
Meanwhile, Rose’s grieving relatives continued to console one another Thursday as weekend burial arrangements were being finalized.
“Kristian was an extraordinary young man, with a good mix of humor, intelligence and community involvement,” said his stepfather, Ron Alves, who added that investigators had not told the family many details of the investigation.
Rose graduated from New Bedford High School in 2008 and was studying sports management at UMass Amherst. He was a dean’s list student working as an intern for the Massachusetts Amateur Sports Foundation’s 2011 Bay State Summer Games.
“Kristian always had goals. What tears me up now is that those dreams won’t be fulfilled,” Alves said.