Ashman facing slew of charges from incident that injured two people
A woman was taken into custody by Rhode Island State Police last Wednesday for her involvement in a hit-and-run accident in East Greenwich.
In a joint investigation with the East Greenwich Police Department, State Police arrested Amanda Ashman, 23, of 37 Pound Rd., Glocester, following a traffic stop on Route 44 West in Smithfield. She is being charged with one count driving under the influence of liquor and or drugs/resulting in serious bodily injuries, two counts of leaving the scene of an accident- serious bodily injury, one count driving under the influence of liquor or drugs – 0.15 or greater, possession of marijuana, driving while in possession of marijuana, speeding, not wearing a seatbelt, and laned roadway.
Just before midnight last Wednesday, the East Greenwich Fire Department received a 911 call for a pedestrian struck in the area of the Greenwich Hotel near the corner of Main Street and Church Street. According to Fire Chief Peter Henrikson, when fire and rescue personnel arrived on scene, it became apparent that two people had been struck by a vehicle that had fled the scene and the victims sustained injuries.
The unidentified 49-year-old male, Henrikson said, was seriously injured and was transferred to Rhode Island Hospital for treatment. The woman, who is 40 years old and also unidentified, suffered a lower leg injury from the incident and was brought to Kent County Hospital to be treated. There is no word on their current conditions.
At around the same time the EGFD responded to the scene, the Wickford Barracks of the R.I. State Police received word from the East Greenwich Police Department about the incident and the Lincoln Barracks received a 911 call from an eyewitness who was following the vehicle involved in a hit-and-run accident on Route 95 North in Warwick. According to a press release from the R.I. State Police, the caller advised to officers that the operator – Ashman – appeared to be intoxicated based on how the vehicle was being operated and the high rate of speed it was traveling.
After State Police officers placed Ashman under arrest, the brief investigation revealed that the vehicle had sustained damage consistent with a car pedestrian motor vehicle accident and the driver was highly intoxicated, recording a blood alcohol level more than triple the 0.08 legal limit.
Ashman was arraigned in 3rd District Court on the charges last Thursday.