NORTH ATTLEBORO, Mass. (WPRI) — A Cranston man who police say fled the scene of a deadly multi-vehicle crash in North Attleboro faced a judge Tuesday.
Joseph Pompei Jr., 50, was arraigned on charges of motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation, leaving the scene of an accident death resulting, and two counts of leaving the scene of an accident causing personal injury.
Troopers responded to I-95 North near Exit 7 around 4 p.m. Monday for reports of a crash involving at least three vehicles. Investigators believe a Buick LaCrosse, being driven by Pompei, was involved in a crash with a Cadillac Escalade on I-95 South.
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Police said it appeared the driver of the Cadillac, a 61-year-old Providence man, lost control of the vehicle upon impact and crossed the center median onto I-95 North.
The Cadillac then crashed head-on into an oncoming Jaguar, driven by 58-year-old Randall Ricketts, of Foxboro, according to police.
Ricketts was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the hospital.
The Providence man was rushed to the hospital with serious injuries and remains in critical condition, police said.
Two other passengers from the Cadillac, including a 5-year-old, were also taken to the hospital and are now stable, police added.
Pompei was found by troopers a short distance from the crash scene and arrested.
The crash forced police to shut down all travel lanes on I-95 North for several hours until the vehicles involved were towed away.
Pompei was held on $50,000 bail. His lawyer told 12 News his client denies being involved and said he didn’t hit any other vehicles.
The incident remains under investigation.