R.I. man at wheel in fatal collision

UXBRIDGE — The driver of the stolen Ford Explorer who was killed when the sport utility vehicle collided with a pickup truck Friday has been identified as Rome Alexander Ives, 17, of Providence, said Timothy ­Connolly, spokesman for Worcester District Attorney ­Joseph D. Early Jr.

Ives led police on a chase down Route 122 through Northbridge and Uxbridge about 3:15 p.m., after police ­responded to calls about an ­erratic driver.

After checking the license plate, Northbridge police discovered that the SUV had been stolen in Providence.


Speeds ranged between 30 and 40 miles per hour, police said, although some witnesses estimated the SUV driver was going as fast as 50 miles per hour at times.

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Ives crashed into a northbound Toyota pickup truck in front of 128-130 S. Main St.

He was taken by ambulance to ­Milford Regional Medical ­Center, where he was pronounced dead.

The driver of the pickup, ­Anthony Southwick, 30, of ­Uxbridge, was taken by ambulance to UMass Memorial Medical Center-University Campus in Worcester and was admitted to the hospital.

According to hospital spokesman Robert Brogna, Southwick was listed in stable condition Monday.


Uxbridge interim Police Chief Peter B. Emerick said Ives did not carry identification, so law enforcement officials had to rely on fingerprints and other medical evidence to identify him. He said Ives had “a long history of issues.”

Emerick said there were several senior officers on duty who helped prevent potentially greater harm from occurring.