Colonel Ann C. Assumpico, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and
Director of the Department of Public Safety, said a Massachusetts resident was
critically injured after being struck by a car while she was standing in the
breakdown lane next to her car on Interstate 95 around 2:20 a.m. today.
The victim, age 38, was taken to Rhode Island Hospital. A passenger in her car was
The driver of the other car, identified as Yiranis Liz, 30, of 80 Sackett St.,
Providence, was arrested and charged with:
* Driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs, blood-alcohol
concentration unknown, pending the results of blood tests
* Driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs, serious bodily
* Operating to endanger, serious bodily injury resulting
Liz also was cited for refusal to submit to a chemical test; laned roadway
violations; failure to maintain reasonable and prudent speeds; and operating a motor
vehicle without evidence of insurance.
Liz was arraigned before a justice of the peace and released on personal
recognizance, pending further court action.
The crash occurred around 2:20 a.m. today while the victim was stopped in the
breakdown lane in the southbound lane of I-95 near Eddy Street, where she had exited
her vehicle and was standing next to the passenger’s door.
Liz was driving south on I-95 when she lost control of her vehicle and it veered
into the breakdown lane, striking the victim.
The victim was transported by the Providence Fire Department’s rescue squad to Rhode
Island Hospital. Liz was also taken to the hospital, where she was treated and
released to State Police custody.
The crash remains under investigation by troopers from the Rhode Island State Police
Lincoln Woods Barracks, the Detective Bureau and the Collision Reconstruction Unit