Narragansett man charged following head-on collision on Route 138; 4 injured

Narragansett man charged following head-on collision on Route 138; 4 injured


RICHMOND — A Narragansett man with a history of license suspensions is facing charges after crossing the center line of Route 138 Tuesday, causing a head-on collision that injured himself and three others.

Richmond police said the man, Michael J. Charron, 27, was charged with operating on a suspended license and cited with failure to maintain proper lane.

Police Chief Elwood M. Johnson Jr. said the charges stem from an investigation into the two-car crash, which occurred around 5 p.m. on Tuesday and left all four occupants of the two cars with moderate to serious injuries.

Police, members of the Carolina Fire Department and emergency responders from the Hope Valley, Charlestown and Exeter ambulance corps were dispatched after receiving emergency calls. Johnson said investigators determined that Charron was eastbound on Route 138 when his vehicle swerved over the double yellow line into oncoming traffic and struck a car occupied by a couple from Branford, Conn. Their names were not released.

The collision caused the driver of the second car, a woman, to become trapped, and firefighters used a pneumatic, Jaws-of-Life type tool to help extricate her. She and her husband were taken to an area hospital. Police said Charron and his passenger, a woman, were also taken to a hospital for treatment.

After speaking with Charron and reviewing his driving record, Johnson said officers learned that his license had been suspended in 2015, the latest in a series of license suspensions in Rhode Island.

“Investigation revealed that Mr. Charron’s license had been suspended on March 20, 2015, for failure to maintain financial responsibility and he had at least three prior suspended license violations,” the police chief said.

Charon was issued a summons after receiving treatment for injuries and is due in Fourth Division District Court for arraignment on Sept. 28.

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