HOPE VALLEY — A 24-year-old Pawcatuck woman has been identified as the driver and only occupant of a 2000 Lincoln Navigator that overturned on Interstate 95 south early Tuesday morning, pinning her beneath the SUV.
Amy Sherman remained in critical condition this morning at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence with life-threatening injuries suffered in the 1 a.m. crash. Witnesses told R.I. state troopers they saw her vehicle traveling “at a high rate of speed and passing other vehicles before losing control,” according to police. No other vehicles were involved in the incident.
R.I. State Police Lt. Stephen Flood said Tuesday the driver was described as “speeding and driving erratically” prior to the accident between exits 2 and 3.
A doctor returning from his shift at Rhode Island Hospital witnessed the crash and was able to provide assistance to the woman as she lay under the vehicle awaiting Hope Valley ambulance for immediate aid, a Lifestar flight and other first responders for transport to the hospital.
The Hope Valley Fire Department helped with extrication devices to pull the vehicle off the woman, said Hope Valley-Wyoming Fire District Chief Fred Stanley. Lifestar landed on the north side of I-95, forcing the closure of both sides of the highway for some time.
Flood said traffic was diverted onto Route 3 south to Exit 3B and back onto I-95 south at Exit 1 following the crash. He said an accident reconstruction team returned to the site later in the day to recreate the scene to gain more insight into details of the incident because charges could be filed against the driver. Flood said it was not immediately clear if the woman was wearing a seat belt.
— A.J. Algier