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Alcohol may have been factor in crash

November 5, 2012

GLOCESTER — Police say alcohol may been a factor in a rollover motor vehicle crash on the Putnam Pike early Monday that left a Providence man in critical condition.
Unconscious and suffering from massive physical trauma, Chauncy Leahy, 31, was trapped in the wreckage of his Toyota compact for an hour after the crash, said Capt. Joseph Mattera.
Firefighters from the Chepachet and Harmony fire departments responded to free Leahy from the vehicle using hydraulic power saws.
Leahy was traveling westbound on the Putnam Pike near the White Rock Motel when he somehow lost control of his car, Mattera said. The vehicle veered off to the right shoulder and slammed into several trees before flipping onto the driver’s side and coming to rest.
Mattera said excessive speed did not appear to be a factor, and there were no skid marks indicating that Leahy had applied the brakes before the vehicle went off the road.

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