Charleston man arrested for fleeing scene of fatal New Year’s Eve crash in Warwick


Aramis Segura, 30, of Charlestown, has been apprehended and charged in connection to a New Year’s Eve crash that claimed a 17-year-old’s life on New Year’s Eve.

Around 1 a.m., Jan. 1, Rhode Island State Police responded to a two-car crash on Route 95 South in Warwick, according to a news release.

An investigation would reveal that a Mercedes was traveling at a high rate of speed struck a Nissan and forced off the highway where it traveled down an embankment, struck a tree and rolled over,” according to State Police. “The operator of the Nissan, a 17 year-old juvenile, was pronounced deceased on scene by Warwick Rescue personnel.”

The alleged driver of the Mercedes fled the scene on foot, according to State Police.

However, State Troopers investigating the crash identified the operator of the Mercedes as Segura, who was located at his residence, according to State Police.

Segura was transported to State Police Headquarters where he was processed and arraigned in front of a justice of the peace.

Segura has been charged with Leaving the Scene of an Accident Resulting in Death, Driving to Endanger-Resulting in Death, Obstruction of Justice, and Operating on a Suspended License.

Bail was set at $10,000 with surety, according to a State Police news release.

“Segura was also presented as a Superior Court probation violator on a previous charge of Breaking and Entering and was transported to the Adult Correctional Institution, where he is being held,” according to State Police.

Immediately after the crash was reported, State Troopers from the Wickford and Lincoln Woods Barracks, as well as members from the Warwick Fire Department, responded to the scene on Route 95 South in the City of Warwick.

“The investigation revealed that a Mercedes sedan was traveling at a high rate of speed in the high speed lane of Route 95 South … as the vehicle approached the Route 117 overpass, the vehicle veered right, traveled across the third lane of travel and entered the second lane of travel,” according to a State Police news release. “Upon entering the second lane, the front passenger side bumper of the Mercedes struck the rear driver side bumper of a Nissan Altima that had occupied the second lane. As a result, the Nissan was forced across the first lane of travel and breakdown lane before entering the grassy right shoulder and traveling down an embankment where it then struck a tree, rolled over onto it's roof, and came to rest.”

State Troopers from the Reconstruction Unit as well as the Forensic Services Unit also responded to the crash scene.

“The impact caused the Mercedes to spin several times, cross the first lane of travel and come to rest in the breakdown lane,” according to state police. “The operator fled the scene on foot.”

“Our condolences go out to the loved ones of the victim for their loss,” said Col. James M. Manni, RISP Superintendent and Director of the Department of Public Safety. “The investigating Troopers worked very hard to quickly apprehend the suspect and we are working with the Attorney General’s office to ensure that justice is served.”

Anyone with information on the crash is asked to contact the Wickford State Police Barracks at 401-444-1064.


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