3 Injured, 1 Arrested in Suspected DUI Crash on Wampanoag Trail
35-year-old Providence man Christian Narvaez was arrested on DUI and related charges after a collision that left himself and two others injured on Wampanoag Trail on Friday, August 2.
Police say that Narvaez was driving southbound on Wampanoag Trail at around 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 30 when he rear-ended another vehicle near the intersection with Pine Top Road.
Narvaez continued driving before striking a utility pole and snapping it in half. The other vehicle came to a stop in a dirt parking lot off the side of the road. According to the police, he was traveling at almost twice the 45 mile-per-hour speed limit at the time of the collision.
The driver of that second vehicle, Wayne Hagan, remained hospitalized as of Friday morning. His passenger, Jeraldine Hagan, was also hospitalized and has since been released.
Navrvaez was also hospitalized after the crash. He has been charged with felony counts of DUI involving bodily injury, driving to endanger resulting in personal injury, and driving to endanger resulting in physical injury. He also faces a misdemeanor count of driving with a suspended license.
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Legal Options For People Injured by Drunk Drivers in Rhode Island
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney represents drunk driving crash victims and their families in civil lawsuits. Here are a few thoughts from Brian regarding liability for drunk driving crashes in Rhode Island:
When an intoxicted person causes an accident that leaves other people injured, those injured may have grounds for legal action. Like other auto crashes, these injury victims may have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit against the individual who caused their injuries. Additionally, Rhode Island and several other states have dram shop laws, which allow people injured in alcohol-related accidents to file lawsuits against alcohol vendors in certain situations.
Dram shop laws vary from state to state. In Rhode Island, people who have been injured by drunk drivers may have grounds for a lawsuit against an alcohol vendor if that vendor provided alcohol to a minor or someone who was “visibly intoxicated” and that individual goes on to injure others in an alcohol-related accident.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed after being hit by a drunk driver, you can learn more about your family’s legal rights by discussing your case with an experienced drunk driving injury victims attorney.
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