Man indicted, accused of causing accident leaving a tavern

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Connecticut man has been indicted on charges in connection with a fatal accident in Rhode Island that police say happened after he sped out of a tavern parking lot.

The attorney general’s office in Rhode Island said Monday that 27-year-old Samuel Smith, of Thompson, Connecticut, was indicted by a Providence grand jury on charges of driving to endanger resulting in death and driving to endanger resulting in serious bodily injury.

Police say the crash in Glocester, Rhode Island in August killed 73-year-old Lawrence Castonguay, of Burrillville, and seriously injured his wife, Marie Castonguay. Officers said the couple’s car was struck by Smith’s vehicle after he peeled out of the Cady’s Tavern parking lot.

Smith’s lawyer couldn’t immediately be reached for comment Monday.

An arraignment is scheduled for Feb. 7.