THOMPSON, Conn. (WPRI) — Four people were killed and a fifth was critically injured in a serious car crash just over the state line Monday evening, according to Connecticut State Police.
The victims were all in the same car, according to police. The driver, 18-year-old Johan Santana, of Providence, was attempting to pass a vehicle on Quaddick Town Farm Road in Thompson when he lost control and crashed into a tree.
Santana and one of his passengers, identified by police as Lixandra Terrero Almonte, 21, of Providence, were pronounced dead at the scene.
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Two other passengers, identified as Jaslin Perez, 21 of Providence, and Erika Perez, 21, were rushed to the hospital where they later succumbed to their injuries.
The fifth passenger, 21-year-old Reyniel Alfonso Lopez, of East Providence, was also rushed to the hospital where he remains in critical condition.
Friends and family gathered at the Temple of Music in Roger Williams Park Tuesday night to remember the victims.
Mayor Jorge Elorza stopped by the pay his respects, telling 12 News that the mother of one of the victims has been involved with city for years.
“This really hurts. It stings,” Elorza said. “You can try to make sense out of the world and our lives, but some things just don’t make sense.”
The crash remains under investigation at this time.