CPD’s Traffic Unit investigates fatal crash on Dyer Avenue


Following a fatal crash on Dyer Avenue around 9 p.m. on Feb. 1, Cranston’s Chief of Police Colonel Michael Winquist announced Thursday that the department’s officers continue to investigate the crash which killed a local man.

According to CPD, an investigation revealed that the driver, identified as Cranston resident Guido Romano, Jr., 73, was operating a 2008 Nissan Pathfinder south on Dyer Avenue when he struck an unoccupied vehicle parked in the breakdown lane in front of 699 Dyer Avenue. This caused him to veer off and cross the center line.

“He then entered the driveway of a residence at 712 Dyer Avenue, striking another unoccupied-parked vehicle before hitting the side of the two-family residence and coming to rest,” read a CPD press release. “The residence was occupied at the time of the crash, but fortunately, nobody was injured.”

The Cranston Fire Department pronounced Romano deceased at the scene. Due to the vehicle striking the electrical meter and potential structural damage, Rhode Island Energy terminated power to the residence causing the occupants to be temporarily displaced.

“There was no evidence at the scene to indicate speed or alcohol was a factor, although the investigation continues,” read the release. “The Rhode Island State Medical Examiner’s Office will perform an autopsy to determine the cause of death and other medical or physical factors that may have contributed to the crash.”

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