PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island — A man who live-streamed himself on Facebook going more than 100 miles-per-hour through traffic was in critical condition in the hospital after crashing his car. Rhode Island police say the 20-year-old driver’s car flew into the center median and slammed into a garbage truck.
Rhode Island State Police say the video is a perfect example of what NOT to do while driving.
It shows Onasi Olio-Rojas on a high-speed joy ride on Route 10 and Route 6 in Providence, Rhode Island.
“He’s well over 100 miles-per-hour in a congested area. Several lane changes, in and out of traffic. In the break-down lane. Back to lanes of travel,” Captain John Allen with Rhode Island State Police said.
Streaming live on Facebook, Olio-Rojas filmed the speedometer on his dashboard — showing he was traveling at 109 miles-per-hour.
“It’s a grand slam of things not to do. Phone in your hand. No seat belt. Traveling at a high rate of speed. In and out of traffic,” Allen said.
State police verified the video’s authenticity by comparing it to RI-DOT traffic cameras. They said they’re positive Olio-Rojas was the driver — videotaping his reckless driving moments before he crashed.
The video cut out just before Olio-Rojas hit a garbage truck and lost control.
An accident reconstruction team said his Honda was traveling at about 90 miles-per-hour when it hit the truck, which was barely damaged.
Olio-Rojas’ car was destroyed, and it took firefighters awhile to get him out.
“I’ve never seen anything like that — and for other people to watch it, I would hope it’s eye-opening for anyone else,” Allen said.
State police say Olio-Rojas has a lengthy traffic record. Police reached out to Facebook — putting in a legal request for the social media network to save that live stream.
The video will be used as evidence against Olio-Rojas in court.
“How do you beat the video? I don’t think you can. I think it pretty much puts the nail on the coffin for Mr. Olio-Rojas,” Allen said.
Traffic was backed up for more than two hours after the crash.
Olio-Rojas now faces a number of charges.