Rhode Island State Police today released details of three separate early-morning incidents on Route 95 that resulted in fatalities, including one that killed a Niantic man and another who killed a good Samaritan who stopped to assist in another accident.
At approximately 1:49 a.m., Rhode Island State Police responded to a single car crash on I-95 North near Exit 3 in Richmond. They say a preliminary investigation indicates that the 2015 Hyundai Sonata left the right side of the road, collided with several light poles and a tree, and then caught fire. Several good Samaritans stopped and managed to remove the burning lone passenger, identified as 25-year-old Brian Joseph Skaviero, from Niantic, Connecticut. Rescuers transferred Mr. Scafero to Kent County Hospital but died of his wounds. RISP says the accident is still under investigation, but speed and alcohol appear to be contributing factors.
Less than 20 minutes earlier, State Police responded to another fatal crash on I-95 North at Branch Avenue in Providence. That car hit a tree and the 22-year-old driver was kicked out of the car. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
In between these two incidents, at around 1:44 a.m., the state police responded to a coup in the Exit 30 area of Pawtucket. Upon the arrival of the forces, they were notified that the Good Samaritan, who had stopped to help a passenger in the rolling car, was hit by a red vehicle that then fled. The death of the Good Samaritan was announced at the scene. She was an out-of-service nurse, Jennifer Toscano, 34, from Stoton, Massachusetts.
Shortly thereafter, the forces discovered the suspected red car ramming into Mrs. Toscano at 95 N. The driver, named Lewis Bayes, 22, is from Jamaica Blaine, Massachusetts. Rhode Island State Police charged him with driving under the influence of alcohol and / or drugs, resulting in death, and other charges.