Man, 24, killed when car plunges into Barrington River
BARRINGTON, R.I. (WJAR) —
Barrington police said Tuesday that a 24-year-old man was killed when his car plunged into the Barrington River.
Police said a 2005 black Acura driven by Maximillan Bean hit a telephone pole on New Meadow Road Thursday night and lunged into the water. Bean was the only person in the car.
Ted Jones came by the scene of the crash to pay his respects to his late high school friend, whom he affectionally called, “Beaner.”
“I’m wearing his sweatshirt right now,” Jones told NBC 10. “Really don’t want to take it off. He was a great friend of mine and a lot of other people. Put a smile on everyone’s face that he met.”
Jones said he spoke with Bean earlier on Monday. He said his friend was a driver for UPS and an avid snowboarder.
“Huge outdoors guy,” Jones said. “I was with him outdoors all the time.”
Police said in a new release that the car was going faster than the posted 25 mph limit and that the driver missed a turn in the road. The car went off the road, hit a utility pole, and went down an embankment into the river where it overturned.
Libbi Gaiser lives across the street from the scene of the crash and called police shortly before 11:30 p.m. to report what she initially thought was a downed power line.
“I heard, like, a loud popping sound at first and then screeching tires to what appeared to be a crash right outside my bedroom window which faces the water,” Gaiser said.
When Gaiser stepped outside, she saw a car in the river and alerted police.
“We immediately were shouting to him as soon as the [police] car arrived that there was somebody in the water and he just jumped in,” Gaiser said, referring to the first officer who arrived on the scene.
“Our officers entered the water, about three to four feet of water, and with the assistance of some neighbors got him a tool to cut the seatbelt,” said Capt. Dino DeCrescenzo.
Once police brought the victim’s body to shore, an off-duty firefighter tried to resuscitate Bean using CPR. Bean was pronounced dead at Rhode Island Hospital.
DeCrescenzo said police are investigating if the driver was impaired or distracted.
Barrington police asked anyone with information related to the crash to call detectives at 401-437-3937 or the tip line at 401-437-3933.