DUI charges for driver in serious crash on Rt. 146

Blackstone Valley

NORTH SMITHFIELD, R.I. (WPRI) – State Police have charged a Worcester man with driving under the influence and reckless driving after a serious two-car crash on Route 146 Saturday morning.

Captain Matthew Moynihan of the Rhode Island State Police said in a news release that the crash happened at about 3 a.m. about 800 feet south of the state line in North Smithfield.

The man, 22 year-old Aleksandro Mihali, was driving his 1987 Cadillac south in the northbound lanes when he hit a Honda Accord head-on in the high-speed lane.

“We initially got reports of the wrong way driver,” said State Police Corporal Nuno Vasconcelos. “We got reports shortly thereafter there was a crash that had occurred, just in from the Massachusetts line.”

The two women traveling in the Accord, a 19-year-old driver from Boston and her 21-year-old passenger from Worcester, were seriously injured and taken to Rhode Island Hospital; Mihali and his 23-year-old female passenger from Worcester were also hurt.

Vasconcelos told Eyewitness News all of the injuries were serious but none are life-threatening.

“The occupants of the vehicle that was struck both had their seat belts on,” said Vasconcelos. “I’m not sure about the defendant and his occupant.”

Mihali was charged with three counts of driving under the influence resulting in serious bodily injury, and reckless driving.

“His driving history I’m not aware of, he doesn’t have any criminal history,” said Vasconcelos.

Police do not yet know how fast Mihali was driving or how high his blood alcohol content was.

“He did consent to a blood test but those results are pending,” said Vasconcelos.

The crash is still under investigation. Officials with the Rhode Island State Police are being assisted by the North Smithfield Police in this investigation.

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