SOUTH KINGSTOWN – A single-car accident at 12:48 a.m. Monday on South Road resulted in serious injury to both the driver and the passenger.
Michael A. Towne, 33, of North Kingstown, struck a tree head on in the area of 1147 South Road.
According to the narrative of South Kingstown Police Patrolman Evan Johnson, the vehicle appeared to have first struck the guardrail on the passenger side, crossed the center line, and crossed the opposite lane of traffic before striking a tree.
Towne reportedly exited the vehicle, a 2004 Chevy Malibu, before police arrived on the scene, however, the passenger, Kendra S. Stringer, 34, of West Kingston, was trapped inside the vehicle.
“Due to the force of the collision, Stringer had been folded in half and was wedged beneath the glove box,” Johnson wrote in his narrative.
Police extracted Stringer from the vehicle and Life Star Helicopter airlifted her to Rhode Island Hospital.
Towne was interviewed at the scene and at South County Hospital, and admitted to drinking two beers and one vodka cocktail earlier in the evening.
Police also reportedly found multiple opened Miller Lite containers inside the vehicle.
Towne also initially told police he crashed because he swerved to avoid a deer, but later alluded to a sexual interaction with Stringer as the cause of the crash.
He was later transported to Rhode Island Hospital due to the severity of his injuries.
Police issued Towne a 4th District Court summons for driving under the influence (BAC unknown) with a court date of Nov. 7.
As of Tuesday morning, a Rhode Island Hospital spokeswoman said Stringer had been treated and released and Towne was in good condition.