Driver charged with DUI in Route 146 crash that killed Woonsocket motorcyclist


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A Providence woman is facing charges including driving under the influence in a deadly crash Wednesday evening on Route 146, according to Rhode Island State Police.

The victim was identified Thursday as Rudy Maldonado, 31, of Woonsocket.

Police say Maldonado was riding his motorcycle behind a sedan driven by Ydaliza Pimental in the right-hand lane around 6:30 p.m. As Maldonado took the Admiral Street off-ramp and came up beside Pimental’s car, she suddenly veered to the right and hit his motorcycle in the exit lane, according to police.

Maldonado was thrown from the motorcycle as a result, police said. He was taken to Rhode Island Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Pimentel, 31, was arraigned Thursday on charges of DUI resulting in death (BAC unknown) and driving to endanger resulting in death.

R.I. State Police Major Laurie Ludovici urged all drivers and motorcycle riders to be wary of each other and share the road, especially during the summer months.

Ludovici offered the following safety tips:

  • Be patient. If you are turning at an intersection and your view of oncoming traffic is partially obstructed, wait until you can see around the obstruction.
  • Share the road, but not the lane. Allow a motorcyclist a full lane width.
  • Be aware. Motorcycles are smaller than most vehicles, so they can be difficult to see.
  • Check your blind spots. Always look for motorcycles by checking your mirrors and blind spots before switching to another lane of traffic.
  • Use your blinker and know that some motorcycles do not have self-canceling turn signals.
  • Give them room. Allow more follow distance — three or four seconds — when following a motorcycle; this gives the motorcycle rider more time to maneuver or stop in an emergency.

On Thursday morning, a Cape Cod man died after colliding with a bus in New Bedford.

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