The Day – Driver facing charges in crash that killed attorney

RICHMOND, RI – A Hopkinton man was charged last month in connection with a traffic accident in which a well-known Rhode Island civil rights attorney was killed and his wife injured, police said.

Rosheed Faison, 40, was charged Thursday with fatal driving and personal injury driving, Richmond Police said in a statement.

He made no pleadings and was released on personal approval. No defense counsel was listed in the court records.

The July 1 accident outside Richmond Elementary School killed H. Jefferson Melish, 73, and seriously injured his wife, Joanne, 74, who was in the passenger seat.

Faison was driving his pickup truck east when he lost control in a curve, crossed the double yellow line and hit Melish’s westbound vehicle head-on, police said.

Faison was not injured.

Melish has worked on cases for the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island and served on the board of directors of the ACLU, the organization said.

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