ATTLEBORO — A Pawtucket man has been arrested on drunk driving and other charges following a Thursday night accident in Attleboro that claimed the life of a 24-year-old North Attleboro woman.
According to Attleboro Police, at around 10:27 p.m., Attleboro Police and Fire Departments responded to North Main Street (Route 152) at the intersection of Wamsutta Road for a motor vehicle accident. When officers arrived, they found a head-on collision between a car and a Jeep. Both drivers, who were the sole occupants of their vehicles, had to be extricated from the mangled wreckage by fire personnel, police said.
The operator of one vehicle, a 2006 Jeep, was identified as Jason Kwolek, 32, of Pawtucket. He was transported to Sturdy Hospital and then transferred to Rhode Island Hospital for treatment of his injuries. His current condition is unknown.
The operator of the other vehicle, a 2002 Saturn, died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. Attleboro Police would say only that she was a 24-year-old North Attleboro woman, citing a pending notification of her next of kin. Several news outlets have subsequently identified the victim as Kaisha L. Guerrini, a mother of a three-year-old son, a soldier in the Massachusetts National Guard, and a student at Bristol County Community College.
According to police, a preliminary investigation indicates that the Kwolek vehicle was traveling southbound on North Main Street (Route 152) and the Saturn was traveling north. An investigation at the scene, which included witness statements, indicated that Kwolek's Jeep crossed over the center lines into the oncoming path of the Saturn.
According to Plainville Police, Kwolek is also believed to be the suspect in a hit-and-run accident with a vehicle that occurred on Route 152 near the intersection with Route 106, at around 10:25 p.m. just a few minutes before the crash. There were no injuries in that incident, but he reportedly could face additional charges from that police department.
Attleboro Police obtained an arrest warrant for Kwolek on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcoholic beverages, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, motor vehicle homicide while under the influence of alcoholic beverage and operating negligently, speeding, and a marked lanes violation.
Kwolek was arrested at Rhode Island Hospital by Rhode Island State Police and charged with being a fugitive from justice based upon the Massachusetts charges stemming from the accident. He is tentatively expected to be returned to Massachusetts for arraignment in Attleboro District Court on Monday.
Attleboro Police said the accident remains under investigation by Attleboro Police, Attleboro Police Detectives, and the Massachusetts State Police Accident Analysis Unit.