NARRAGANSETT - Early summer walkers, runners, drivers and other casual admirers of the Narragansett Seawall may have noticed a large portion of its southern end heavily damaged and dislodged this past week, as a man crashed into the wall during last Saturday’s early morning hours. At approximately 12:42 a.m. Saturday, April 28, members of Narragansett Police Department responded to Ocean Road in the area of Monahan’s Clam Shack, 190 Ocean Road, for report of a motor vehicle accident. Upon arrival, police observed a 2016 black Chevrolet Silverado overturned on its driver’s side in the parking lot of the business and on fire, along with “heavy damage” to the seawall just north of the South Pier Road intersection. The vehicle’s operator, Patrick Paskoski, was out of the vehicle and unharmed, according to police reports.
Allegedly, Paskoski was traveling southbound on Ocean Road approaching the South Pier Road intersection when the collision took place.
“Ocean Road banks to the right just south of the intersection with South Pier Road,” a Narragansett Police Department narrative report detailing the incident reads. “It appeared [the vehicle] failed to navigate this curve, [and] continued straight over the double yellow line as the roadway banked to the right. It appeared that [the vehicle] then made contact with the curb, collided with the stone seawall, overturned and came to a rest in the Monahan’s Clam Shack parking lot.”
The police report also notes the weather was clear at the time of the crash, though the roads were extremely wet due to sustained rain throughout the night.
“Skid marks could be seen where it appears Paskoski applied the brakes,” the report continues. “The impact caused heavy damage to the seawall (large stones observed in the area and approximately 100-foot section of seawall observed to be uprooted).”
The Narragansett Fire Department subsequently evaluated Paskoski and he refused any medical treatment, stating he was not injured. Members of Narragansett Police Department then conducted standard field sobriety tests with Paskoski, during which he showed no signs of impairment, and was transported back to his residence.
Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) barriers now line the affected section of seawall, and orange cones and yellow caution tape adorn the scenic site. According to RIDOT spokesman, Charles St. Martin, the department is working in conjunction with the town to assess the damages and put in a plan for repair. As of this writing, there is no estimate of when the restoration will be complete, nor who or what will pay for the reconstruction work.
Paskoski was mailed a summons for conditions requiring reduced speed and land roadway violation. He has the option to pay a $182 fine or appear in Narragansett Municipal Court on June 14.
Paskoski's was not the only driver to crash into the wall in this fashion, however. According to police reports, Sean Hamil was driving a 2006 white Mercury Mountaineer south on Ocean Road at approximately 4:00 a.m. Thursday when he left the lane of travel, drove over the curb, through the RIDOT barriers and traffic cones and came to rest on the other side of the seawall. His vehicle sustained heavy damage. Hamil was issued a citation for land roadway and issued a fourth district court summons for one charge of operating on a suspended license - 2nd offense.