Little Compton summer resident ID’d as witness in fatal accident

Surveillance photo Photo shows man on June 15 who police say is considered a witness to a fatal motorcycle accident on Main Road.
Surveillance photo

Photo shows man on June 15 who police say is considered a witness to a fatal motorcycle accident on Main Road.

A man believed to have been a person of interest in connection with a Main Road fatal motorcycle accident at 4:35 p.m. on Friday, June 15, has been identified.

He is a summer resident of Little Compton, said Tiverton Police Department Lieutenant Patrick Jones. Further information about him, or about his possible role, if any, in the accident, has not been released by the department.

The department has not itself filed charges against the man, said Lt. Jones. Instead, information concerning his possible involvement, and his statement to police, have been turned over to the Attorney General’s Office to determine whether or not criminal charges against him are warranted, Lt. Jones said.

The accident occurred on Main Road just north of Nanaquaket Road in front of Bridgeport Seafood. A southbound motorcycle, operated by Raymond Joubert, 74, of 15 Bay View Avenue, swerved across the Main Road center line and was struck by, and became wedged under, the front end of a northbound Toyota Venza.

Rescuers had to extricate the motorcycle from beneath the car.

After being transported to Rhode Island Hospital for treatment, Mr. Joubert, who police said was wearing a helmet, died as a result of his injuries on Tuesday, June 19, 2012.

About a week following the accident, police released a still photograph of an unidentified man, and what was believed to be his vehicle, taken by a surveillance video camera at the seafood store. Police characterized him then as a person of interest, and said he might have information about the incident.

In particular, police have been interested in possible reasons why Mr. Joubert’s motorcycle swerved across the center line, said Lt. Jones.

The man in the photograph was identified last week when Tiverton Police Officer Aaron Kay, a member of the team investigating the accident, by chance spotted the man’s vehicle parked in front of a local store, and stopped to question him.

The man, now identified, is at this time considered a witness, said Lt. Jones.

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