Driver in fatal crash in Portsmouth charged with DUI
PORTSMOUTH, R.I. —
A Bristol man was charged with drunken driving, death resulting following a crash that killed a man.
Joseph Kalen, 49, was arraigned at Newport Hospital charged with driving under the influence, death resulting and refusal to submit to a chemical breath test. He was released on $2,000 surety bail and is scheduled to appear in Newport District Court on June 20.
Police said Kalen was traveling south on Bristol Ferry Road when he lost control of his Ford F-150, and hit two other vehicles.
One driver, 79-year-old Elia Giusti, was transported to Newport Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Another driver, 26-year-old Brian Leitao, of Warren, was transported to Rhode Island Hospital where he was treated and released.
Police said Kalen had an aroma of alcohol coming from his breath, and was asked to submit to a chemical test at Newport Hospital which he refused.
Police closed the road for more than two hours.