Woonsocket Woman Cited In Crash That Cut Power To Diamond Hill Road Area

Driver who fell asleep at wheel before car destroyed transformers was not injured.


A woman who fell asleep at the wheel early Sunday, crashing her car into a series of transformers and cutting power to a swath of the Diamond Hill Road area has been cited by .

Bethany Paul, 27, of Woonsocket was driving a grey 2004 Mitsubishi Sunday at 1 a.m. on Diamond Hill Road when she fell asleep at the wheel, said Det. Sgt. Matt Ryan.

Ryan said Paul's car collided with a pole and a series of transformers near the road, destroying three of the transformers. Ryan said the crash took out power to several homes in the area, some for a few hours, others for several hours. WJAR.com reports power was restored by 8:30 a.m. that morning.

Ryan said Paul was cited with failing to maintain control of her vehicle and failure to stay within the marked roadway. He said she was uninjured.

"I am in one piece," confirmed Paul this afternoon. She said she was returning from babysitting, and since she has recently moved to Woonsocket, she was driving further than usual and was very tired.

Paul was summoned to RI Traffic Tribunal in Cranston for a hearing July 19.

Yvette M Ayotte July 03, 2012 at 09:49 AM
That was an accident, why do you need to cause more problems??
Mew July 03, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Daniel Kaffee July 04, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Isn't it possible that the bicyclist was a dart out and unsafely crossing the street colliding into the side of the cruiser? Russell and Dude, I bet you have had a few Police contacts in your time to be so biased against the Police. Especially when you do not have all the information.
Russell Archambault July 04, 2012 at 02:26 PM
danial you are abosuletly correct in my 60 years i have had around a 100 incidents needing police most due because of the business im in at least jerks 60 of them they were abosute jerks. out of the 60 25 of them just plain ignorant. some of them just plain didnt give a crap and a few they caused more problems. out 40 whether i agree or not they did a good job. some actually cared and solved the problem. AND ACTED WITH RESPECT AND HUMAN. now personaly i have had a few run ins with them. and handled it !! now for the record i have very close personal friends with police officers go places with them go to their house and so forth. on the whole there are still but few civil cops. i also have witnessed some pretty bad situations with the police. my views are objective. something that most people are not able to achieve. either way at this point in my life i dont care any more . but do realize they are as dangerous as at any time in my life.
Rob Borkowski July 04, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Daniel - Without the account of witnesses and the people involved, speculation about the incident is just that, despite what someone using an internet pseudonym might ask you to believe. Russell - The officer that struck the bicyclist has not been cited. If it had been in the report, I would've written that. Dude - This crash was solved quickly because it involved one person. When the bicycle crash investigation is available, I'll report that too.


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