The Police Log is a digest of reports filed by the Johnston Police. Chief Richard S. Tamburini or Deputy Chief David DeCesare has reviewed all reports
HIT AND RUN
Patrolman Adam Parkinson reported he was dispatched to a two-car accident near 1341 Plainfield St. on May 9. Parkinson said one of the drivers told him he was approaching the parking lot at that address and activated his turn signal to take a right into the lot when his car was hit in the rear bumper. He told Parkinson they both stopped for the accident but the second driver “threw her hands in the air” and then began to “speed off” west on Plainfield. He told Parkinson he got back in his car and followed the car to the intersection of Plainfield and Atwood Avenue. He said the car then turned onto Plainfield Street and headed north at a high rate of speed. He said the car appeared to be making an effort to get away from him as he was “beeping his horn and flashing his lights” the entire time. The driver also said that a mail carrier witnessed the accident and indicated that he would be willing to make a witness statement. Parkinson said he took note of some minor damage to the passenger side rear bumper of the man’s car, as well as some paint transfer from the other vehicle. He took pictures of the damage and then ran a check on the plate number the driver and his passenger gave him and it came back to a 2003 silver Toyota Camry registered to a Cranston address. Parkinson said he was unsuccessful in finding a phone listing for the owner of the car but did run a check through department files and located a woman associated with the address who had multiple citations and he forwarded his report to the Traffic Division.
Lt. Christopher Correia subsequently reported that he did locate a number for the woman the next day and informed her that he was investigating the accident. He said she replied, “I wasn’t thinking. I’m sorry. I should have stopped.” Nancy Sanchez, 22, of 174 Lake Garden Dr. in Cranston came into headquarters and was charged with leaving the scene of an accident.
Patrolman Michael Edwards reported he and Sgt. Michael Babbitt were dispatched to an accident with minor injuries at the intersection of Hartford and Reservoir Avenues on May 19. Edwards said the driver of a motorcycle said he was stopped at a red light and began to drive east on Hartford when he was struck from behind, causing his motorcycle to fall over and he and his passenger to hit the ground. The motorcyclist said he was uninjured but his female passenger complained of pain in her back and leg and was transported to Rhode Island Hospital.
The driver of the car that hit the motorcycle said she was stopped at the light and when the light turned green, she started moving but the motorcycle stopped suddenly and she could not stop in time to avoid hitting it. She said she was unhurt and the car was still operable and she drove from the scene.
In the meantime, Sgt. Babbitt ran a check on the motorcyclist and his passenger and learned that there was a protection order outstanding in their home state of Connecticut mandating no contact between them, even though they were currently married. He said he asked the motorcyclist and he replied that he believed it had been dropped. Babbitt said he asked the woman, before she was transported to the hospital, about the order and she replied that she was in the process of having it dropped and thought it would be official on May 24 but she wasn’t really sure. He said he attempted to contact the Protection Order Registry in Connecticut but learned that they were closed and would open the next day, on Monday, so he had no way to verify the status of the order; consequently, no arrest was made. He said neither party had a criminal record. The question of the protective order was forwarded to detectives for followup.