GLOCESTER – Travis Beaulieu, of Glocester, pictured, has been arrested for a motor vehicle crash that killed one Connecticut woman and her dog on Sunday, Feb. 21.
At approximately 7:12 p.m. on Sunday, members of the Glocester Police Department, along with members of the Chepachet and West Glocester Fire Departments, responded to a serious motor vehicle accident with entrapment, according to a press release from the Glocester Police Department. The accident was located in the area of 2953 Putnam Pike, just east of the Connecticut state line.
Beaulieu, 25, of 5 Oil Mill Lane in Glocester, was driving a 2006 Ford F-350 pick-up truck eastbound at a speed in excess of the 50 mph posted speed, according to a preliminary investigation. The investigation showed that Beaulieu travelled left of center into the westbound travel lane to pass a line of vehicles that were traveling eastbound, and his vehicle collided head-on with a 2013 Volkswagen Beetle, being operated westbound by Yvonne Cote, 65, of North Grosvenordale, Conn.
Cote was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police. She was traveling with her dog at the time of the accident, which was injured, transported to an area animal hospital and later died from its injuries.
Beaulieu and his front seat passenger, Jakob Burns, 20, of 75 Salisbury Road in Glocester, were transported to Rhode Island Hospital to be evaluated and later released, say police.
Police said Beaulieu was taken into custody and was held overnight at the police station upon his release from the hospital. On Monday he was transported to the 3rd District Court for formal arraignment on the charge of driving to endanger–resulting in death.
He was arraigned before Judge Elaine Bucci with bail set at $25,000 with surety and is required to appear again in court on April 30, states the press release.
The accident remains under investigation by members of the Glocester Police, the R.I. State Police Reconstruction Team, and R.I. Medical Examiner’s Office. Anyone that may have witnessed this accident is asked to contact Glocester Police at 401-568-2533.