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Carolina man gets 8 years in prison for fatal crash

WAKEFIELD — A Carolina man was sentenced to eight years in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty in the death of another driver in a head-on collision on South County Trail on Aug. 30, 2012.

James Mulcahey, 47, of 13 Debra Drive, was indicted by a grand jury last April on charges of driving to endanger, death resulting, after the crash that resulted in the death of Donna Eddy, 53, of Warwick. Eddy’s 18-month-old grandchild, in the vehicle at the time of the crash, was transported to Hasbro Children’s Hospital for observation at the time, and was later released.

Eddy suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene following the crash on the South Kingstown/Richmond line.

Mulcahey, who had himself appeared injured during his initial court appearance, had been ordered not to drive and have a DUI interlock device installed on all his vehicles, except those used by others for business. Mulcahey faced a sentence of up to 15 years in prison.

Mulcahey appeared before Washington County Superior Court Judge Melanie Wilk Thunberg Wednesday for sentencing. During the hearing, Eddy’s daughter, Sarah Eddy was allowed to give a victim impact statement in which she reportedly looked at Mulcahey and said she wished he had died in the crash.

Mulcahey did not speak in court.

Thunberg gave Mulcahey until April 23 to begin his prison term at which time he is ordered to report to the Adult Correctional Institutions in Cranston.

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