2 men suffer life-threatening injuries in Scituate crash


SCITUATE, R.I. (WPRI) — Two men are in serious condition at the hospital after they were involved in a highway crash in Scituate overnight.

According to Scituate police, the car veered off the eastbound side of the Route 6 bypass, crossed into the westbound lane and hit a utility pole near the intersection with Route 101.

The driver, identified as Frederick Kosnick, 53, of Glocester, and his passenger, Philip Downing, 51, of Plainfield, Conn., were rushed to Rhode Island Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Police believe speed and alcohol were factors in the crash.

National Grid responded to the scene to replace the broken utility pole.

Kosnick was involved in an unrelated crash in Scituate this past weekend, police noted.

That incident originated in his hometown, according to Glocester police, who also said they’ve had a history of run-ins with Kosnick dating back to 1998.

Glocester Police Chief Joseph DelPrete said there was a report of a hit-and-run around 5 p.m. Sunday and the fleeing vehicle was identified as Kosnick’s, but officers were unable to catch up with him. A short time later, they learned his vehicle had rolled over on Chopmist Hill Road, according to DelPrete.

Kosnick was taken to Rhode Island Hospital following the crash and released Monday morning, after which he turned himself over to police. He was arraigned that same day and released on $10,000 personal recognizance.

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