Police charge operator from October crash with driving to endanger


BURRILLVILLE – The North Providence man who was driving a vehicle that crashed into a tree on Friday, Oct. 25, leaving himself and three others injured, is now facing several charges with the Burrillville Police Department.

Dimitri Gentile, 20, of North Providence, is facing three counts of driving to endanger resulting in personal injury, and one count of driving under the influence of marijuana resulting in serious bodily injury following the incident.

The crash, which took place around 6 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 25 on Victory Highway, resulted in a fire and left Gentile and his three passengers, all 18-year-olds from Smithfield, hospitalized. Gentile had to be pulled from the fiery crash, and was transported from the scene by Life Flight to UMASS Hospital in Worcester, Mass. following the accident.

Burrillville officers were reportedly trying to stop the car just before the crash, and it had been spotted traveling at 95-miles-per-hour, according to police.

Burrillville Police Major Dennis Leahey said that crash reconstruction showed that extreme speed was a factor.

Gentile surrendered himself at Burrillville Police Headquarters on Monday, Nov. 25, and was transported to Sixth District Court, where he was arraigned and released on $10,000 personal recognizance and ordered not to operate a motor vehicle.

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