Driver Involved in Fatal Crash Arraigned on DUI Charge

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A former driver for Rhode Island‘s nonemergency medical transport service who was involved in a crash that caused the death of a 77-year-old woman he was driving home from a dialysis appointment was arraigned Wednesday on drunken driving and other charges.

Dauda Elegushi, 25, of Providence, was released on $20,000 surety bond and because the judge determined that as a native of Nigeria he was a flight risk, he had to surrender his passport. He did not enter pleas to four felony counts and one misdemeanor stemming from the Nov. 27 crash in Coventry.

A phone message seeking comment was left with his attorney.

Elegushi worked for a subcontractor for Medical Transportation Management, which provides nonemergency transportation to medical appointments.

The state is now reviewing its contract with MTM and requiring a full audit of its subcontractors to make sure they meet the qualifications listed in the contract.

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MTM said in an incident report last month that Elegushi was “not qualified, credentialed or an authorized driver” under its contract terms.

The two-car crash occurred Nov. 27, but the state says it wasn’t informed about it until Nov. 30. The 77-year-old woman died Dec. 3.

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