Only on 10: Footage shows apparent street racer crash in Pawtucket
Surveillance video from a Pawtucket business captured a chain reaction of crashes that sent a trailer into a cleaning company and a car onto railroad tracks.
Video from Clean Management shows a driver traveling on what appears to be the wrong side of Moshassuck Valley Industrial Highway in Pawtucket around 2 a.m. Friday.
The owner of Clean Management, located at 504 Weeden St., believes the driver was racing when the crash happened, causing what he said was more than $100,000 in damage.
"Everything is just like a movie right now. It's a destruction zone, " said Carlos Valencia, who owns of Clean Management.
The driver ran over a previously knocked down fence and then hit a company van. Afterward, the van spun and hit a trailer, which crashed into Clean Management.
The driver, 21-year-old Kennedy Anusiem of Pawtucket, crashed into a fence and landed on top of railroad tracks, which abut a propane tank.
"Half those propane tanks are full right now,” Carlos Valencia said. “We don't know if they're leaking. We don't know what's going on, basically I need somebody to come in and take care of it."
Seconds after the crash, the video shows another car pull up into the parking lot, and the two drivers get out and start talking.
Valencia and his daughter, Tatiana Valencia, believe the two cars were speeding on Moshassuck Valley Industrial Highway. Locals call it the quarter mile.
Tatiana, who is the manager of Clean Management, said the speeding and racing has to stop.
"You see it every day. Cars drive by here. Tow trucks drive by here at excessive amounts of speed. It's scary," she said.
Anusiem told police he fell asleep and woke up when his left tire hit the concrete median. He told officers he panicked and hit the gas instead of the brakes.
Employees at Clean Management told NBC 10 News it's another example of racing on Moshassuck Valley Industrial Highway and believe police aren't doing enough to stop it. In June, a car crashed into a fence in front of the business.
"I feel like [officers] come here and say, 'Yes, we're going fix it. Yes, we're going help you. Yes, yes, yes,’ and ultimately nothing gets done,” Tatiana said.
Anusiem was cited for several traffic violations. He was not arrested.
Det. Sgt. Tim Graham told NBC 10 officers are aware of the street racing and have assigned extra patrols to the area.