EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Police are investigating after a crash on I-195 claimed the life of a Seekonk man Monday night.
Rhode Island State Police identified the victim Tuesday as Victor Pereira, 25.
Police said they responded just after 9 p.m. to the area of Exit 7 and found a vehicle had exited the lane of travel and hit the back of a construction truck parked in the breakdown lane. Pereira was taken to Rhode Island Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police said he was the only person in the car at the time of the crash.
The operator of the construction truck was not injured, according to state police.
Eyewitness News reached out to the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) to find out why the truck—which is registered to a contractor with the agency—was there.
“Our construction division believes it may have been there in anticipation of the paving operation scheduled for later that night,” a RIDOT spokesperson replied.
The spokesperson said there were no cones up at the time of the crash since the operation for paving from the Broadway bridge to the Massachusetts border had not yet started.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation.