Driver in fatal crash charged with violating probation


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A woman convicted of running a red light and killing a motorcyclist in Charlestown in 2010 was back in court on Thursday.

A judge ordered Laura Reale held without bail pending a hearing later this month. Prosecutors allege she violated the terms of her probation by continuing to use drugs and purchasing a “urine screen” for her drug test.

Reale, 33, pleaded guilty in November of 2010 to a charge of driving to endanger, death resulting. The crash in May of that year caused the death of 27-year-old Colin Foote.

“When she was first sentenced, the judge said that she was high when she smashed into and killed our son, Colin,” said Robin Foote, Colin’s father.

“No one knew how many months this was going on,” added Colin’s mother, Maryann. “She was using and buying illicit drugs. So we don’t know what other things she’s been capable of.”

Maryann was driving behind Colin at the time of the crash. She said she held him as he lay dying.

Reale was released from the ACI last year after serving five years of her eight-year sentence. According to court documents, Reale has lied about taking marijuana, opiates and benzodiazepines for months. Her defense attorney said she is currently on methadone.

“She’s trying to get help for her issues,” said Chad Bank.

The victim’s parents, who were in court Thursday, said they have no sympathy for Reale.

“How can you feel bad for someone that has no regard for others? That is so self-centered,” Robin said outside court. “She killed our son. Would you feel bad for someone that killed your son?”

At the time of the crash, Reale had 19 driving violations on her record. Her parents were present at Thursday’s hearing and left without giving a comment.

Colin’s parents pushed for the passage of a law in their son’s name – Colin’s law cracks down on habitual driving offenders. The Footes also pushed for red light cameras, which they say have caught many drivers.

“He suffered horribly for an hour before he died,” Robin said. “This cannot happen to another person.”

A probation violation hearing for Reale has been set for August 29.

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