July 16, 2024


A Seekonk grandmother succumbed to her accidents following the deadly crash, which claimed the lives of her husband and 15-year-old grandson.

A Seekonk lady has died following a late-night Christmas automotive crash that additionally took the lives of her husband and teenage grandson.

Donna Arruda, 68, of Seekonk, died Friday at Rhode Island Hospital following a wrong-way crash Monday on the Somerset facet of the Veteran’s Memorial Bridge, in accordance with Bristol County District Legal professional Thomas M. Quinn III.

On account of her dying, new prices of manslaughter whereas working underneath the affect and motorcar homicide-OUI liquor can be filed towards Adam Gauthier, 41, of New York Metropolis, in accordance with officers.

Gauthier, a former Somerset resident, was arrested shortly after the crash. He was held on $100,000 money bail throughout his arraignment at Saint Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford, the place he was taken for therapy of non-life-threatening accidents, in accordance with Quinn’s workplace. 

The brand new prices come after Gauthier was initially charged with two counts of manslaughter whereas working underneath the affect, two counts of motorcar homicide-OUI liquor, and one rely every of OUI-liquor with severe bodily harm, reckless operation of a motorcar and driving the flawed manner on a state freeway. 

Gauthier is ready to look in Fall River District Courtroom for an preliminary pre-trial listening to on Jan. 9.  

“It is a horrible tragedy, particularly when it occurred on Christmas night time. My coronary heart grieves for the victims and their household for his or her horrible loss,” Quinn stated. 

Gauthier was allegedly driving a Vary Rover eastbound within the westbound lane on Route 6 whereas crossing the bridge, in accordance with investigators. Whereas on the bridge, his car allegedly had a head-on collision with an Infiniti SUV.

Floriano Arruda, 73, of Seekonk, was driving the SUV when the crash occurred. His spouse, Donna, was within the entrance passenger seat, and his 15-year-old grandson, Jacoby Arruda, additionally of Seekonk, was within the rear of the car.

All three of the Arrudas have been rushed to space hospitals, in accordance with Quinn’s workplace. The teenager was pronounced useless Christmas night time at Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, and Floriano Arruda was pronounced useless the subsequent morning at Rhode Island Hospital.  

Investigators stated a 3rd car additionally sustained front-end injury through the crash. The motive force and front-seat passenger of that car sustained minor accidents and have been handled at Charlton Memorial Hospital.  

Quinn’s workplace stated the investigation is ongoing.