CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — At first, Sara Garcia was thrilled to hear that her stolen Chevy Malibu had been located. Then, she was horrified.
“I was looking for my car, I was walking around…and I got a call from Cranston Police saying they found my vehicle and that I’m probably not going to want it back,” Garcia said in an interview with Eyewitness News.
She said police told her the car had been involved in a crash, and the driver didn’t survive.
“I just felt sick to my stomach,” Garcia said.
Rhode Island State Police said Sunday that Miguel Revolorio, 28, was driving the Chevy on Route 10 South in Cranston around 4 a.m. when he lost control, spinning the car and then rolling it over multiple times before crashing into a tree.
He died on the scene, according to police. Speed is believed to be a factor in the crash.
His two passengers, Victoria Bautista and Jonathan Ortiz, were both hospitalized with injuries and are expected to survive.
Cranston Police confirmed that the car involved in the crash was the same one reported stolen from the parking lot of an apartment building Thursday morning.
“I don’t know any of the people involved,” Garcia said. She said one of her car windows was left partly open on Wednesday night, and she accidentally left a single car key in the vehicle.
“Thursday morning I woke up and I was bringing my daughter to school, and I went out to the parking lot and my car was gone,” Garcia said. She said her boyfriend’s car recently went out of commission, so she now has no transportation to work or to drive her daughter to school in Warwick.
“You never know who might be lurking in your neighborhood,” she said, advising others to make sure they secure their cars. “Most people consider this a safe neighborhood.”
Col. Michael Winquist said police have not identified any suspects, and do not know if Mr. Revolorio, who does have a criminal record, was involved in the theft of the car.
State Police said Revolorio was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, nor was the backseat passenger who was ejected from the car. The front-seat passenger was wearing a seatbelt and sustained the least severe injuries of the three.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation.