2 Cyclists Hit by Suspected Drunk Driver on Main Road in Tiverton
Two bicyclists were hospitalized with serious injuries after being hit by a suspected drunk driver in Tiverton on Sunday, September 29.
29-year-old Stephen L Medeiros has been charged with two counts of driving while under the influence resulting in serious bodily injury and one count of failing to stop at an accident that resulted in injury or death. Police said in a press release that Medeiros admitted to striking the cyclists.
Tiverton police responded to calls about the collision at around 8 p.m., which reported that man and woman riding bikes were struck by a vehicle on the 4100 block of Main Road.
Responding officers found a man and woman on the side of the road. The 35-year-old woman suffered serious injuries and was rushed to Rhode Island Hospital by Tiverton Rescue. The 30-year-old man suffered life-threatening injuries and was brought to the same hospital via a Medflight helicopter.
Police said they found Medeiros soon after arriving at the scene and that he admitted to driving the vehicle that struck the bicyclists. They also observed signs of intoxication and conducted field sobriety tests which confirmed that Medeiros was intoxicated.
Medeiros was arraigned on Monday and is being held on $20,000 bail.
According to the police, both victims are still at Rhode Island Hospital. The 30-year-old male is in the Intensive Care Unit in stable condition.
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Financial Compensation for People Injured by Drunk Drivers in Rhode Island
Personal injury lawyer Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney represents people who have been injured by drunk drivers, helping them recover the financial compensation they deserve. Here is Brian with some thoughts on the options for financial compensation available to people who have been hit by drunk drivers in Rhode Island:
When someone drives drunk and causes a crash that injures others, those injured individuals may have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit against the drunk driver. However, in Rhode Island and most other states, the options for financial compensation don’t always end here. Depending on the circumstances of the crash, people injured by drunk drivers in Rhode Island may also have grounds for a dram shop lawsuit against the alcohol vendor that served the drunk driver.
Each state has its own laws governing dram shop liability. According to Rhode Island’s dram shop laws, an alcohol vendor can be held liable for injuries caused by a customer if that customer was either under 21 or visibly intoxicated when alcohol was given to them.
For example, let’s say Henry goes to Tina’s Tavern for some drinks. After having a few drinks, he begins to fall from his stool and starts slurring his speech. Despite showing obvious signs of intoxication, the bartender keeps serving him drinks. Henry then leaves the bar and crashes into Gary, who’s riding his bike, and seriously injures him. Gary may have grounds for a personal injury claim against Henry and also a dram shop claim against Tina’s Tavern.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a drunk driver, you can learn more about your right to financial compensation by speaking with an experienced drunk driving injury victims lawyer.
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