Driver Charged With Reckless Driving After Live Streaming High Speed Crash On Facebook

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A man who crashed into a garbage truck after driving as fast as 115 mph on a highway in Rhode Island will be arraigned after he live streamed the dangerous situation on Facebook.

Onasi Olio Rojas, 20, was weaving in and out of traffic on Route 6 in Providence, according to CNET. He then plowed into the garbage truck while traveling at 90 mph. (RELATED: Florida Fugitive Arrested After Changing Facebook Pic To Wanted Poster)

“He has his camera in his right hand, videotaping himself as he’s driving, has no seatbelt on, he starts to hit speeds of 90 miles an hour, which increases to 100 miles an hour, then you see several erratic lane changes where he goes from the high-speed lane to the low-speed lane, into the breakdown lane, in and out of traffic,” Capt. John Allen of Rhode Island State Police told WPRI.

Since July of 2015, Rojas has had five traffic violations. Rojas has been involved in three vehicle crashes in 2016 alone.

“Mr. Rojas just has a blatant disregard for anybody else that’s on the road,” Capt. Allen said. “It seems to be a pattern of behavior for this operator. You know, we’ll see. I am hoping he survives, learns his lesson. He’s a danger, he was a definite danger on the roadway yesterday.”

Rojas is in stable condition at a nearby hospital, according to WPRI. He will be arraigned once he’s conscious and alert. (RELATED: Man Is Killed By Police, Girlfriend Posts The Video On Facebook [VIDEO])

Facebook’s official help page on live streaming says “The broadcaster can remove the video post at any time, just like any other post.” But police have apparently asked Facebook to keep the video so it can be used as evidence.

“The video makes the case. You know the independent witnesses certainly help. Nothing beats actually watching it on the video,” Allen concluded.

Police plan on charging Rojas with reckless driving and driving on a suspended license.

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