Man facing charges after crash into minivan, home

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LINCOLN, R.I. (WPRI) — A Cumberland man is accused of driving while impaired and causing a serious crash in Lincoln while his young daughter was in the vehicle with him.

Richard Barche, 31, was issued a summons at Rhode Island Hospital for refusal to submit to a chemical test and failure to maintain control of his vehicle, according to Lincoln police.

Police say Barche rear-ended a minivan on Lonsdale Avenue Sunday night, which caused his pickup truck to veer into a nearby home. Both the truck and the home sustained significant damage.

Barche was unconscious when first responders arrived, according to police, and he was treated with Narcan at the scene.

His 4-year-old daughter was being tended to by witnesses following the crash, police said.

A 57-year-old Lincoln woman and her two children were in the minivan. All five people involved were taken to Rhode Island and Hasbro Children’s Hospitals to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Jasmine Torres, who lives in the multi-family home, said she arrived about 20 minutes after the crash to find the truck lodged in her living room.

“I’m shocked, nervous,” she said. “I’m just glad we weren’t home because it could have been worse. Somebody could have been hurt.”

Torres said her television was destroyed, along with some of her 5-year-old daughter’s toys.

The town’s building inspector deemed two of the home’s four units structurally unsafe, according to police.

Police also said the Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) has been informed of the incident.

NOTE: This story has been corrected to show Barche was not charged with DUI.

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