Christopher Elicier, a resident of Wareham, Mass., was killed Saturday night after his vehicle was struck head-on by another vehicle traveling in the wrong direction. Elicier was traveling on Interstate 495 in Wareham late Saturday night when another motorist, Phendy Pamphile, 26, of Brockton, driving in the opposite direction collided with him at about 10:20 p.m. According to State Police, Elicier was ejected from his vehicle, a 2012 Hyundai Veloster coupe, and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Pamphile sustained a serious leg injury and was trapped in his vehicle immediately following the crash. The Jaws of Life were used to remove him and he was transported to Tobey Hospital in Wareham, but he was later moved to Rhode Island Hospital. According to the hospital, Pamphile was listed in critical condition as of Sunday afternoon. Neither of the drivers was wearing a seatbelt.
Authorities shut down the interstate between Exits 1 and 2 for several hours following the crash for rescue and investigative purposes. State Police have indicated that alcohol does not seem to be involved, but it has not been ruled out as a factor. The investigation into why Pamphile was driving his vehicle in the wrong direction is still underway, but authorities say that charges against him will be determined once it is complete.
Motorist killed after head-on collision with wrong-way driver on I-495 in Wareham, The Boston Globe, June 17, 2012