Police officer just off duty killed in wrong-way crash

A 23-year-old Bedford man who was driving the wrong direction on Interstate 95 south and an off-duty Rhode Island police officer were both killed in a head-on collision early Monday morning, according to Rhode Island State Police.

Ryan Bourque, a patrolman with the Jamestown Police Department, had just completed his shift (3pm to 11 pm) and was traveling to his residence.

Police said Officer Ryan Bourque was driving home from work when an auto driven by 23-year-old Dejae Pizarro, of Bedford, Massachusetts, struck him.

Bourque and Pizarro died in the crash.

Pizarro made a U-turn on the highway and hit Bourque's Dodge Charger head-on about 500 feet north of Exit 7 in East Greenwich, police said.

Bourque graduated from Warwick's Bishop Hendricken High School in 2009. The operator of the Dodge was identified as Bourque of Coventry.

Bourque had been on the Jamestown police force for about a year after graduating from the Rhode Island Municipal Police Academy in 2015.

The Rhode Island State Polices Accident Reconstruction and Forensic Services Units are assisting in the investigation of the crash.



  • Elsie Buchanan