Coventry Woman Charged in Fatal South Kingstown Crash

Amanda Lyons of Coventry has been charged with DUI - Death Resulting, among other charges, following the fatal Nov. 23 crash that killed passenger John Balzano.

Washington County Courthouse, J. Howard McGrath Judicial Complex in Wakefield, RI.
Washington County Courthouse, J. Howard McGrath Judicial Complex in Wakefield, RI.

A 27-year-old Coventry woman has been charged in the crash that killed a 26-year-old Providence man last month, according to a police statement released Monday.

Amanda Lyons, of 63 Isle of Capri Road, Coventry, has been charged with DUI-Death Resulting and three counts of Possession of Controlled Substance Schedule I-V, following her Dec. 16 arraignment in Fourth District Court.

At about 12:52 a.m. on Nov. 23, Lyons was driving her 2002 Mitsubishi Gallant northbound on Route 1 when she allegedly struck a utility pole at the entrance to the South County Commons. Police say the sole passenger, John Balzano, 26, of Providence, was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at South County Hospital soon after. Lyons was also transported to the hospital and treated for minor injuries.

In addition, a preliminary license suspension was issued to Lyons following her arraignment Monday morning in the RI Traffic Tribunal for Refusal to Submit to a Chemical Test.

She was released on $10,000 personal recognizance and is due back in court on Feb. 11.

patty cakes December 16, 2013 at 04:24 PM
My husband's truck was totaled when Nichole Vacchina crossed the middle lane on Nooseneck Hill Road. She continued driving on 3 wheels and finally came too a stop at D. Donuts. Fortunately for my husband, the insurance company and Ms Vacchina, he turned his wheel to the right as hard as he could, she hit the rear back quarter and spun him around. But for his driving skill and a big pickup she would have been killed from the collision. She was arrested on the scene, DUI. She was also 27 with no insurance.
Cadre December 16, 2013 at 04:42 PM
Patty Cakes, great story. If this article had asked for readers to submit their own life experiences, your comment might have been appropriate. But in this case, someone lost their life, they did not got hit by an uninsured driver. Your husband must be a very skilled driver to avoid death. Bravo to him. If I was your husband, I would be driving around blindfolded without a seatbelt in the woods. Merry Christmas, Nag.
Leave RI December 16, 2013 at 10:25 PM
One time when I was at band camp....
Gem101 December 17, 2013 at 10:03 AM
Cadre, not a nice comment for someone that had a simular experience. Notice you post when your board and this isn't the first time Just saying. No need for the NAG comment even, Bah Humbug merry christmas.
Cadre December 17, 2013 at 10:38 AM
your point?
harleyrider8272 December 17, 2013 at 12:18 PM
Thank god for the first responders who show up at these scenes or there would be a lot more deaths involved. God bless them!
djmerks December 18, 2013 at 01:35 PM
I'm with Cadre...
Justin Cider December 20, 2013 at 12:42 PM
Always there to make sure the first responders, like yourself are recognized, right Harley. They were from WG you idiot. doing their job the correct way and not on disability or overpaid.
sadierose January 05, 2014 at 05:27 PM


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