Police: Barrington woman was at the wheel during crash


A Barrington woman was lucky to escape injury when she lost control of her car Sunday night on the Warren River Bridge and came just feet from plummeting clear off it. Police said Cindy Motte, 46, of Barrington was driving her Hyundai Elantra north at about 10 p.m. when she lost control of her car on the curve leading to the bridge.

Witnesses told police that she took the turn too wide and struck a guard rail, which caused the car to flip. It came to rest atop the bridge barrier, taking out at least one light pole along the way. Police and fire crews were dispatched at 10:05 p.m., and rescuers transported her to Rhode Island Hospital as a precaution, Warren Police Lt. Roland Brule said.

"We haven't had an accident like that in a long time," said Warren Fire Chief Al Galinelli, who was also called to the scene. Lt. Brule said the accident remains under investigation, and no charges have been filed.

Cindy Motte, police


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