State police ID driver killed in overnight crash

West Bay

CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — Rhode Island State Police are investigating an overnight crash that left a Warwick man dead.

Authorities responded to West Harry Street near the Providence border around 2:05 a.m. after a car traveling south on Route 10 lost control, crashed into a guard rail and rolled over.

Officers said the driver – now identified as Matthew Ross, 32 – was pronounced dead on scene. They said he was the only one in the vehicle.

Logan Bailey and Vicki Findley brought flowers and a wooden cross to the spot where their friend was killed.

“I needed to know where he died and just be there with him, I just want him back,” Bailey said.

“Every time I do struggle, I’m going to wish he was there because that’s who I would call when I had a bad day or when I did something stupid and I’d regret it,” Bailey added. “I could call him and tell him and he’d make me feel not like a loser.”

Claude Chabot, a resident who said he’s lived nearby for 47 years, told Eyewitness News he’s saddened to hear about the crash, but not surprised/

He said that crashes happen on the stretch of road quite frequently.

“It can happen any time if it’s raining in the morning. If it’s raining in the afternoon, especially when it’s raining really hard. I’ve seen three accidents in one day,” Chabot said. “The guardrail that was hit was replaced three weeks ago for the same reason.”

Charles St. Martin with the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) confirmed those repairs, adding that they were also called to fix a fence in the area.

Findley hopes her friend’s death will not be in vain.

“They’re saying it’s dangerous over here, and how many people have to roll down a hill?” Findley said. “Matt helped everyone throughout his life, so I hope this is one last thing to help out.”

St. Martin said they will continue to look at and evaluate data before deciding on any changes to the area moving forward.

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