Smithfield woman charged with DUI, two others hospitalized following crash


SMITHFIELD, R.I. (WPRI) — A Smithfield woman faced a judge Wednesday morning after she allegedly hit two pedestrians while driving under the influence the night before.

According to the Smithfield Police Department, Catherine Grundy, 63, was driving on Pleasant View Avenue when her vehicle left the roadway and struck two women before snapping a utility pole.

The women, ages 57 and 26, were rushed to Rhode Island Hospital. Their conditions are not known at this time.

Demetria Hammond witnessed the crash and said she’s still in shock.

“What I saw, I can’t unsee,” she said.

Hammond and her husband rushed to help the two victims, who she said were a mother and daughter out walking their dog. She said her husband ran to the car instantly before she noticed the two women lying on the ground.

“I don’t know what made me look, but I turned to the side and saw the two women lying in the road and I started screaming into the phone to 911 that they weren’t moving,” she recalled.

Police said Grundy was unharmed and showed signs of intoxication. According to police, Grundy told them she had fallen asleep at the wheel.

After several field sobriety tests, she was taken into custody and held overnight. Police said her blood alcohol level was .12. 

Grundy is facing charges of driving under the influence of liquor or drugs resulting in serious bodily injury and two felony counts of driving to endanger resulting in personal injury.

At her arraignment Wednesday, Grundy was ordered to surrender her passport and to not drive. She was released on $5,000 surety bail.

Eyewitness News tried to reach Grundy for comment, but the number listed was disconnected.

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