PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A man accused of causing a crash in Providence that claimed the life of a young father overnight will be charged, police said Monday.
Candles have been placed near the intersection of Atwells Avenue and Valley Street in memory of the victim, identified as Frank Perry Jr., 28, of Providence.
According to police, Perry’s sedan was T-boned by a landscaping truck around 12:30 a.m. He died as a result, while his passenger is currently in critical condition at Rhode Island Hospital.
A third car was also seen with damage at the scene of the crash. It’s unclear where exactly the landscaping truck was coming from when it crashed into Perry’s car.
Perry’s father, Frank Perry Sr., told Eyewitness News his son attended the Columbus Day celebration on Federal Hill Sunday night and was only blocks away from making it home when the crash happened.
Perry left behind two sons, ages 2 and 8, according to his father
Friends and family members of Perry gathered around the memorial for a vigil Monday night.
“Caring… loving… He did everything for me,” Perry’s sister, Maria Perry, said. “It’s just sad that I lost him.”
Coworker and friend of Perry’s Michael Gabriel stopped by to pay his respects to someone he said would do anything for those he loved.
“It’s heartbreaking honestly, I just can’t put it into words,” Friend and coworker of Perry Michael Gabriel said. “Just overall great guy, wonderful guy, would give you the shirt off his back… And like I said, his kids were number one.”
“We shook hands as we always do, said ‘I’ll see you on Monday.’ And now here we are… on Monday,” Gabriel added.
Maeann Bishop, Perry’s Aunt, said her favorite memory of her nephew is his reaction when his children were born.
“You would never see anybody glow like this boy glowed at both the births of his children. He just treasured them,” Bishop said.
Providence Police Commander Thomas Verdi said the driver of the landscaping truck, a 25-year-old man, was under police guard at Rhode Island Hospital and would be charged with driving to endanger – death resulting. He has not yet been named by police.
Verdi said the investigation was in its early stages, and police have not yet determined if the driver was impaired.
Verdi said the man is not an employee of the landscaping company whose truck he was driving. Police are investigating how he came into possession of the truck.
A person who answered the phone at the company, The Best Never Rest Landscaping, told a reporter he was not allowed to speak to her and hung up.
An employee at the convenience store near the scene said the truck driver ran into the store crying after the crash. A bystander tackled the driver to the ground and held him until police arrived, according to the store clerk.